What are the characteristics of a typical cyberbully?

Typically children and youth involved in cyberbullying are also likely to be involved in "traditional" forms of bullying. In a study of middle school students, 61% of cyber "victims" also reported being victims of "traditional" bullying; 55% of cyber "bullies" also said they had bullied others in "traditional ways."

Although some studies have found that girls are more involved in cyberbullying than boys, others have found similar rates among boys and girls.

When middle school students were asked about the identity of the person who cyberbullied them:
  • 52% identified another student at school
  • 36% said they had been cyberbullied by a friend
  • 13% had been cyberbullied by a sister or brother
  • 48% did not know who had cyberbullied them
Cyber "bully/victims" (who cyberbully others and also are cyberbullied) were heavily involved in "traditional" forms of bullying -- 64% had been bullied and 66% had bullied others.

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