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Cyberbullying is harder to prevent than traditional bullying, in which the bully is easily identified and subject to adult authority (which may not always exercise the proper authority to control the bully, but that's a different journal entry).

For cyberbullies, it is said, it is worse emotionally than face-to-face threats and violence, because the aggressive acts can occur at anytime, anywhere.

Wait. Say what? A person can, IMHO, avoid cyberbullying by not turning on the computer, by changing his cell phone number, by passwording his account.

The feeling of being unsafe is probably worse in cyberbullying compared with traditional bullying. Traditional bullying typically occurs on school grounds, so victims are safe at least within their homes. With cyberbullying, victims are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so the victim's emotional toll is greater.

At school you can't run away, and often bullying occurs on the way to/from school. At home the victim can delete the email without reading it; refuse to sign on to facebook; etc. By reading email or logging into facebook, he is subjecting himself to the bully. I would just hit delete and/or move my blog to another site, ask the sysop for help tracing the offender, and so on.

What am I missing here?

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