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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2012 Jun;59(3):623-33, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2012.03.019.

Internet bullying.

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  • 1Department of Communication, University of Arizona, 1103 East University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA.


There is substantial literature on the impact of the mass media on children's and adolescents' health and development. The question of what role new technology plays in the media's influence is now a subject of both review and discussion, particularly regarding health risks and intervention. This article takes a brief look at online usage and the theoretical mechanisms that might make Internet access more problematic in terms of risks, compared with more traditional media such as television and film. One of these risks, known today as cyberbullying or Internet harassment, is scrutinized in detail.

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