Stutzky provides examples of a middle school girl and a straight high school boy.
Traditionally, home was a place where a kid could go to escape his bully.
With advances in technology, home is no longer a haven.
Much of their time online is spent talking with other kids.
i-SAFE America, an internet safety education foundation, conducted a nationwide survey of 1,566 students from grades four to eight to find out their experiences with bullying online (National i-Safe Survey, 2004).
In general, girls inflict virtual abuse more than boys through instant messaging, online conversations, and e-mails.
A survey of girls ages 12 to 18 found that 74% of adolescent girls spend the majority of their time online in chat rooms or sending instant messages and e-mail (Migliore, 2003).
And the newest forms of cell phones include the ability to send text messages, pictures, and even live video.
In the hands of bored teenagers, these additions can become weapons for bullies to spread rumors as well as pictures of unsuspecting kids in locker rooms.
The person being instant messaged thinks she is only talking to one person.
Before she knows it, the “target” has said something negative about one of the group. "This leads to social isolation," says Fagin (cited in Wolfe, 2004).
It was brought to the attention of the police and led to both Harris and Klebold being questioned about the incident and was an early example of what is now called “cyber bullying.” Bill Belsey, a nationally recognized educator from Alberta, Canada, gives this definition: Cyber-bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phone and pager text messages, instant messaging (IM), defamatory personal Web sites, and defamatory online personal polling Web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others.