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Danah Boyd writes, "teens regularly used that word [drama] to describe various forms of interpersonal conflict that ranged from insignificant joking around to serious jealousy-driven relational aggression.
Whereas adults might have labeled many of these practices as bullying, teens saw them as drama." Cyberbullying can take place on social media sites such as Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter.
Trolls and cyberbullies do not always have the same goals: while some trolls engage in cyberbullying, others may be engaged in comparatively harmless mischief.
A troll may be disruptive either for their own amusement or because they are genuinely a combative person.
95 percent of social-media-using teens who have witnessed cruel behavior on social networking sites say they have seen others ignoring the mean behavior, and 55 percent have witnessed this frequently.
According to a 2013 Pew Research study, eight out of ten teens who use social media now share more information about themselves than they have in the past.
Research suggests that there are also interactions online that result in peer pressure, which can have a negative, positive, or neutral impact on those involved.
A frequently used definition of cyberbullying is "an aggressive, intentional act or behavior that is carried out by a group or an individual, using electronic forms of contact, repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself." There are many variations of the definition, such as the National Crime Prevention Council's more specific definition: "the process of using the Internet, cell phones or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person." Cyberbullying is often similar to traditional bullying, with some notable distinctions.
Cyberbullies may disclose victims' personal data (e.g.
real name, home address, or workplace/schools) on websites or forums—called doxing, or may use impersonation, creating fake accounts, comments or sites posing as their target for the purpose of publishing material in their name that defames, discredits or ridicules them.
This can leave the cyberbully anonymous, which can make it difficult for them to be caught or punished for their behavior, although not all cyberbullies maintain their anonymity.
Victims of cyberbullying may not know the identity of their bully, or why the bully is targeting them.
The harassment can have wide-reaching effects on the victim, as the content used to harass the victim can be spread and shared easily among many people and often remains accessible long after the initial incident.