While Facebook and Twitter are popular sites for making friends, teens have also seen social media’s unfriendly side — 88 percent of them report having witnessed mean or cruel behavior, according to a new study.
About 12 percent of the teenagers said they saw this type of behavior online “frequently,” while 29 percent said they observed it “sometimes,” said the report by the Pew Research Center, which surveyed 799 teens between the ages of 12 and 17.
At the same time, 69 percent of the teens said their peers are mostly kind on social-networking sites, the research said. About 95 percent of all American teens between the ages of 12 and 17 use the Internet, with 80 percent of them using social- media sites, the report said.
This is an amazing study by Pew. 9 in 10 kids have witnessed bullying occur on the major social networks.
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