Pew says cyberbullying can include the following:
· Sending threatening e-mail messages, instant messages (IM), or text messages
· Forwarding private e-mail messages, IM, or text messages without the sender's consent
· Posting embarrassing pictures without consent
· Spreading rumors online
Pew also reports that girls are more likely to be targets of cyberbullies, as are teens who share personal details about themselves online.
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If you're a parent, you can help lessen the effects of cyberbullying by encouraging your teenagers to communicate openly with you, and by insisting that they keep personal information off the Web.
Microsoft offers these resources to help counter cyberbullying:
· Help kids use social networking sites more safely
· 12 safety tips on blogging
· Help kids deal with hateful content on the Internet
· 10 tips for dealing with game cyberbullies and griefers
· Age-based guidelines for kids' Internet use
· 10 things you can teach kids to improve their Web safety