Cyberbullying and Sexting: Technology Abuses of the 21st Century

Cyberbullying and sexting are two popular forms of abuse that are seen more and more often in the 21st century. Cyberbullying is defined as a form of harassment that takes place through the use of electronic devices, such as computers, smartphones, or social media. Sexting is the sending of sexual images or messages electronically.

Cyberbullying is a growing problem in the United States. A study by the Cyberbullying Research Center found that cyberbullying rates have increased by 203% since 2007. The study also found that girls are more likely to be victims of cyberbullying than boys are, and that cyberbullying is more common in schools with higher percentages of students from lower income families.

Sexting is also a growing problem in the United States. A study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found that 30% of high school students have sent or received sexts. Sexting is more common among teenage boys than teenage girls.

Cyberbullying and sexting can be very harmful to the victims. Cyberbullying can cause emotional distress and can lead to depression and suicide. Sexting can lead to STDs, pregnancies, and other sexual health problems.

The best way to prevent cyberbullying and sexting is to educate the public about the dangers of these technologies. Parents should talk to their children about the dangers of cyberbullying and sexting and should make sure their children know how to protect themselves from online abuse.

The government should also work to create laws that prohibit cyberbullying and sexting. It is vital that we do everything we can to protect our children from these dangerous technologies.

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