Cyberbullying, where an individual is the target of abuse from a known or unknown aggressor via social media, has entered the workplace, say Sam Farley, Christine Sprigg and Carolyn Axtell from the University of Sheffield, and Iain Coyne, from the University of Nottingham.
Some of the most serious cyberbullying incidents have involved children and a handful of these cases have been so harmful that they have resulted in the victim’s suicide. In 2012 it was reported that there had been 41 cyberbullying related suicides in the West since 2003. Cyberbullying in the youth context has therefore garnered widespread attention from the media, academics and society at large.
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