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Editor's e-Note
The suicide of a preteen boy uncertain about his gender. A suicide attempt by an overweight girl taunted by online bullies. These and other tragic stories are becoming all too common in our daily headlines.

The source of the torment is also the lifeblood of our communication: the Internet. While we value the Internet for our news and communication, it is also a weapon of ridicule and humiliation for the immature and uncivilized among us who pervert its use to hurt others whom they find vulnerable.

This month’s e-news exclusive describes a scourge among our youth, that of cyberbullying, its methods and characteristics, and, fortunately, some prevention strategies.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
e-News Exclusive
The Pervasive Threat of Cyberbullying
By Lindsey Getz

After more than a year of being bullied online, 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick of Florida jumped to her death from atop a silo in an abandoned cement factory. That is just one of numerous stories in the news about the sometimes dire consequences of what’s been called cyberbullying—that is, any form of bullying (name calling, threats, intimidation) done through electronic communication. This form of bullying is becoming increasingly common in today’s digital society, particularly among adolescents.

Cyberbullying is different from face-to-face bullying and can often be more severe since it’s nearly impossible to escape. With smartphones and tablets, the Internet is everywhere and youths may not even feel safe from bullying when they’re in their own home. While this is a new and difficult battle of the 21st century, Hollie Sobel, PhD, a clinician from the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Chicago, says there are skills and prevention strategies, some of which will be presented in this article, that are proving effective against cyberbullying.

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