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Have You Ever Been Cyber Bullied?

While it seems most bullying happens on the playground, the internet has become a hotbed for nasty behavior, in part because people seem to disassociate themselves from their online habits and attitude.

One third of US online teenagers have been victims of cyber-bullying according to research by the Pew Internet Project. According to the BBC, the most common complaint was about private information being shared rather than direct threats. In fact, 32 percent of teens questioned in the poll have had their private e-mail, IM or text messages forwarded or posted where others could see it online. That same 32 percent also reported being the victims of aggressive email, IM or text messages and having nasty rumors spread about them online.

Of course, these behaviors are not limited to teens, and cyber bullying or "e-thug" behavior continues to dampen the fun on social networking sites, online communities and blogs. Have you ever been cyber bullied, or have you bullied someone online? And if so, why?

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LunaBlue LunaBlue 9 years
NO...not that I can remember anyway...however I did have a girl calling me accusing me of sleeping with her "boyfriend" who was a friend of mine. I FREAKED OUT and called him-he was so embarrassed-it was a girl that was kind of obsessed with him and had recently broken into his house and stolen some things like letters, his address book and cell phone for numbers. What made it even more crazy is I had moved out of state and she was making long distance phone calls to mess with me :P My poor friend-he was definetely being bullied, I could just hang up and block her
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 9 years
Oh yeah. I was. I had some chick who lived in New York (I lived in CA) start harrassing me on Myspace. She accused me of sleeping with her husband! I never met this woman before in my life and I had never been to New York. She didn't believe me when I said "I had no clue what she was talking about and that she had the wrong person." Then the nasty emails started. When I didn't talk to her anymore, she started to contact my friends saying I was a home wrecker etc. Eventually I started a new page, blocked anyone from viewing my page and kept my friends in the loop to watch out for this wacko. It has taken a year, but finally she has left me alone.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I started dating this guy in college and his ex girlfriend did not like the fact that we were going out (I guess she was still harboring delusions that they would get back together). Somehow she found my screen name and got all of her friends to make up a bunch of different screen names and start IMing me night and day calling me some pretty awful names. Every time I blocked a screen name, another one would start doing it and it was really creepy because the screen names all incorporated things I liked, like what TV shows I watched and movies, etc. that she had gotten, presumably, from my away messages and profile that she had been stalking for some time. When I finally just signed off for good (which was difficult- in college, AIM was my life), she had a friend hack into my screen name and start IMing people from it and letting everyone on my buddy list know what a terrible person I was. I finally had to change my screen name and the guy talked her down from it all, but we didn't stay together very long...I don't do psycho exes!
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
ikitty13 - I never really understood the whole concept, but 'riot grrl' was a term used by bands like Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, etc. The thing that sticks out the most to me was that people fought over whether it was 'riot grrl' with two r's or 'riot grrrl' with three r's. I think it's supposed to be a very extreme feminism. I do apoligize if I am explaining this wrong.
deepthoughtsx182 deepthoughtsx182 9 years
I think that is so pathetic
warau warau 9 years
Not so much a bully- but I like to call it an "e-fight" that I had with a guy. We no longer talk. haha -- the internet is serious business!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
thats never happened to me but its so sad to hear about everyone else's stories! don't those "bullies" have anything better to do?
zc zc 9 years
ive been bllied..nothing quite as dramatic as the above entries bu felt completely gross.
ikitty13 ikitty13 9 years
First of all, I really need to know what a "part riot grrrl" is, I've never heard of this term. Second, I have been a victim of cyber bullying myself, after parting with a very close group of friends. This was 2 years ago and they still try to hack into my e-mail and myspace accounts, and write nasty comments about me on their sites. I don't care enough to read their pages, but people have told me this, I wish they wouldn't. Ignorance is bliss.
Foofaraw Foofaraw 9 years
e-thug...that's hilarious. i vaguely remember someone trying to bully me about a decade ago. thats why the block feature comes in handy. what a joke.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
I think some of the people who leave comments under "controversial" posts (um, they're about CELEBRITIES, people!!!) on this site would register as cyber-bullies, the way they personally attack other members of the site! It's really disheartening to see how absolutely gratified some people feel by saying vicious things and judging people they only know through a USER name!!!
vmruby vmruby 9 years
A couple of losers here on the Sugar site have tried too, but they didn't get too far.......
StefaPie StefaPie 9 years
TWICE!!! i still get tingly thinking about it. and she's going to crash this party on friday, so i might get to do it to her face too! i know it sounds mean, but she earned it, and a lot more.
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
StefaPie - Even though it's kind of comforting to know that I am not alone, I am SO sorry that you had the same experience. You have my sympathies - although I am very jealous that you got to tell her to f*ck off! LOL :)
StefaPie StefaPie 9 years
controlledspin, change some of the minor details and that's what i went through. this person stalks people online, and i apparently was her special project after i stopped being friends with her for many very good reasons. she hacked my e-mail and myspace, and those of my friends so she could see what we were up to, and used her livejournal as a way to describe her many problems with my behavior. (bear in mind, she was doing this while still calling herself my best friend) i hadn't talked to her in more than a year until last week, there are a lot of really fun social events going on in my life over the summer, and my actual and wonderful best friend is moving, and this damaged person (through her stalking) knows about all of them. she's trying to get back into our social circle and has been harassing all of my friends. she messaged me on myspace asking "how's life" to which i replied "remember all those sh*tty things you did? f*ck off." she then said that she didn't know why i was so mad and that she was only trying to make my life better, to which i replied, "get some therapy, and again f*ck off". as bad as it was having her bully and stalk me and generally try to first take and then destroy my life, having her try to get me back and getting to tell her to f*ck off twice was really really satisfying.
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
Sorry for the book! LOL
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
I had a friend that our friendship had just deteriorated over a period of time. The last time I went to visit her at her home (we lived far apart), she snapped at me because I jokingly told her to "oh calm down" because she was spazzing out because there was a music tv show that called Gwen Stefani 'part riot grrl' and something else. She started going off because she considered herself a 'riot grrl' and how dare they call Gwen Stefani that? So she didn't talk to me for like 3 or 4 hours, and locked herself in her room to call her boyfriend and bitch about me, while I am out in another room with one of her friends who I barely know. I sat there thinking "I need to get out of this friendship." since it was just the cherry on the top of a million things that had been telling me for a long time to get away from her. I went home and slowly stopped really trying when it came to emails, etc. She emailed me and asked me where I thought our friendship was "headed" (which I thought was weird, since it was only a friendship and not a relationship and why did we have to 'go' anywhere?) and I told her that I didn't feel very close anymore. She wrote back and said that she wasn't going to "give me anything" towards our friendship anymore. At the time, I was on LiveJournal and was friends with her and some of her friends on there. I took them off my friends list, and just wrote "You don't have to 'give' me anything, anymore." She had her friends email me and pretend to be concerned to try and get into my new journal and read what it said. She must've gotten back in contact with her ex-girlfriend (who she swore she would never speak to again) just to have her get inside my journal, because after a few weeks, her ex-girlfriend dissapeared from my list and she sent me this email that said "Thought I wouldn't find out, honey!" or something psycho like that, and it had all these quotes from my own journal, anything remotely involving her. I blocked her from my email, and they automatically deleted her emails, but every now and then I would see something from her being deleted as it came in. I saw on her journal that she had posted this public entry about me, how 'weak' I was, how I never 'face things' and that I always look for the sunshine in life (which I never really got why that was so bad, but oh well!:)) All her little LiveJournal friends were telling her how brave and wonderful she was for telling me off. I eventually deleted everything and got a new email. The only other contact I had with her or her boyfriend was asking her boyfriend to remove pictures of my family from his photography website, to which I was told to "Go F*ck yourself." I am very careful now who I talk to associate with, and basically only talk to people that I know, besides on here.
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