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Abstract

Bullying is a widely used, familiar term for aggressive behavior traditionally perceived as a customary rite of passage, particularly during a child's early middle school and high school years (Lusk, 2012). The old adage, kids will be kids, is a common misperception based on lack of knowledge about the impact of bullying exhibited by parents, educators, and community members. Bullying in all forms has become a larger issue for law enforcement, educators, and society as a whole. An increasingly growing phenomenon, cyberbullying, has become a new form of this aggressive behavior in society. Bullies have essentially moved beyond the school's hallways, classrooms, and playgrounds and into cyberspace. Cyberbullying is a trend of deviancy in which juveniles use technology, such as cellphones, tablets, computers, and electronic devices as a means to target peers for harassment. It is expected that the incidence of cyberbullying will continue to significantly increase over the next few years, thereby creating a completely unique social problem similar to that of cyberstalking and other crimes of the Internet (Dooley, Pyzalski, & Cross, 2009).

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