While technology has allowed us to communicate with people across the world and make friends we would otherwise never meet in person, it has also allowed for a new type of bullying to take shape and is allowing bullying to be more commonplace.
According to the statistics gathered by the CDC, 28% of students in grades 6 through 12 have experienced some form of in-person bullying. 15% of students say they were bullied online, while openly homosexual students saw a 55.2% increase in bullying due to cyber bullying. While bullying seems to have become more common there are also helpful resources available to those affected by bullying. For example, there are a number of websites that offer advice to bullied youths, such as www.stopbullying.gov and www.connectsafely.com
While stopping bullying as a whole is a vast and complex problem to solve, there are ways that you could diffuse a hostile situation that could quickly turn into bullying. One simple solution is to just ignore them, while the internet has allowed for more malicious styles of bullying, it has also made it easier to avoid and ignore those who wish to bully you.