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Why is online harassment increasingly popular?

Shawn Edgington
Pediatrics
Online harassment and cyberbullying is more effective than ever. Bad people can easily connect with their targets hundreds of times a day. Social networks are like virtual stages that online bullies can use to reach out and threaten or harass whenever they choose. The top six reasons virtual harassment has become the choice of today's bullies are:
  • Technology is portable and easy to access.
  • It's persistent and instantly harmful.
  • Content can be edited and altered.
  • It's distributed with lightening speed and breadth.
  • There is a lack of accountability.
  • It's insidious and dangerous.

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