Technology Trends: Mean Teens Online

  • July 12, 2007
  • By Amanda Lenhart and Senior Research Specialist

According to a Pew Internet and American Life Project study, about one third (32%) of all teenagers who use the internet say they have been targets of a range of annoying and potentially menacing online activities -- such as receiving threatening messages; having their private emails or text messages forwarded without consent; having an embarrassing picture posted without permission; or having rumors about them spread online.

Depending on the circumstances, these harassing or "cyberbullying" behaviors may be truly threatening, merely annoying or relatively benign. But several patterns are clear: girls are more likely than boys to be targets; and teens who share their identities and thoughts online are more likely to be targets than are those who lead less active online lives.

Read the full article Mean Teens Online on the Pew Research Center Web site.

Or, read a more comprehensive report on the Pew Internet and American Life Project Web site.