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Updated: 02/06/2014 08:00:03AM

Bullies, cyberbullying and rumors

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Rumors are those horrible stories or conversations that may contain only lies or a combination of truth and lies. Rumors spread easily, change often and become more exaggerated as they move from one person to the next. This makes them a favorite tool of bullies.

People seem to spread rumors naturally and give thought to their destructive nature only after passing them on. These lies and fabrications are passed via all our communication methods. Mark Twain noted, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.” By leveraging the Internet and cell phones, cyberbullies can magnify the effect of rumors due to the speed with which a large audience can be reached. Further, some people are emboldened to bully via technology (e-mail, social media, chat rooms, blogs, texting, etc.) because there is no face-to-face contact, or it can be done anonymously.

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