The anonymity afforded by the Internet can lead children to engage in behaviors that they might not do face-to-face.
Ironically, it is their very anonymity that allows some individuals to bully at all.
Often, adults' responses to cyber bullying are to remove the technology from a victim - which in their eyes can be seen as punishment.
Most traditional bullying episodes occur in the presence of other people who assume the role of bystanders or witnesses.
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