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Study: Cyberbullying Tripled Since Last Year

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87 percent of American teens and pre-teens say they have personally witnessed examples of cyberbullying compared to 27 percent last year. (Photo: DAVID HECKER/AFP/Getty Images)

87 percent of American teens and pre-teens say they have personally witnessed examples of cyberbullying compared to 27 percent last year. (Photo: DAVID HECKER/AFP/Getty Images)

ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – 87 percent of American teens and pre-teens say they have personally witnessed examples of cyberbullying; last year just 27 percent reported seeing cruel behavior online.

McAfee’s latest Teens and the Screen survey asked 1,502 young men and women from ages 10 to 18 about their online experiences.

The study was intended to warn parents about how risky online activity can follow their children offline and even expose them to cyberbullying.

Of the respondents who said they were victims of online intimidation, 72 percent said it was due to their appearance, 26 percent said it was due to their race or religion and 22 percent reported their sexuality was targeted.

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