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"We were not surprised that non-heterosexuals were more likely to be victims than heterosexuals," Felmlee said.

"However, the size of the effect was alarmingly high.

In most cases, the cyber aggression occurred over Facebook or text message.

In addition to potential efforts in schools to stop cyberbullying, Felmlee said parents can also take steps to mitigate cyber aggression in their children's lives."A common concern regarding cyberbullying is that strangers can attack someone, but here we see evidence that there are significant risks associated with close connections," said Diane Felmlee, the lead author of the study and a professor of sociology at The Pennsylvania State University."The large magnitude of the effects of close relationships on the likelihood of cyberbullying, even after controlling for many other factors, was particularly surprising." The study found that the likelihood of cyberbullying -- which the study authors also refer to as cyber aggression, defined as electronic or online behavior intended to harm another person psychologically or damage his or her reputation -- was approximately seven times greater between current or former friends and dating partners than between young people who had neither been friends nor had dated."Males tend to dominate powerful positions within schools, and traditional, male sports often gain greater attention than those in which females participate.Cyber aggression towards girls may be in part an attempt to keep girls 'in their places.'" The survey results also showed that LGBTQ youth were four times as likely as their heterosexual peers to be victims of cyberbullying."Youth cyberbullying most common among current or former friends and dating partners." Science Daily. You may perceive the world the way your friends do, according to a new study finding that friends have similar neural responses to real-world stimuli and these similarities can be used to predict who ...

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