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Cyberbullying Endangers Our Society

  • Uwe LeestEmail author
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Abstract

The Internet made a major change for our society in communication and exchange of information. Many children and young adults spend more and more time online and in social networks. Smartphones give the opportunity to be in the internet and communicate online 24 h a day. Technological progress opens up many new possibilities to communicate and establish contacts. These changes have created many positive aspects but also problems. In the virtual world many personal information are shared and trust is built up to strangers. Both, trust and shared information can be misused which can lead to cyberbullying, cyberstalking, sexual harassment etc. Therefore a responsible handling of media is inevitable for children and young adults to protect them from possible danger and prevent them from becoming wrongdoer themselves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bündnis gegen Cybermobbing e.V.KarlsruheGermany

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