Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray
June 28th, 2010

On the front page of the New York Times today, under a top line “POISONED WEB,” is the lede of a lengthy article titled “Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray.” Not until page 3 of the six page article does is this fact get mentioned: “traditional at-school bullying is far more pervasive than cyberbullying.” Here is the one mention:

While research shows that traditional at-school bullying is far more pervasive than cyberbullying, each type of hostility can now blur and bleed into the other. Jeff Taylor, principal of Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School in West Allis, Wis., wades into cyber-related conflicts at school several times each week. . . .

The article contains interesting examples and analysis of what is a new wrinkle of a fundamental problem for young adolescents — and problem “far more” pervasive in its immemorial analog manifestations. As the mobile phones have become very pervasive with kids, one cannot help wish for a balancing article on ways that texting might be playing positive roles in the socialization of teenagers.

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