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  • Cyberbullying from Classroom to Courtroom: Approaches to Protecting Children in a Digital Age

    Has bullying changed significantly? Has it either increased in quantity or changed in quality? If so, why and how? These are questions perhaps best answered by empirical studies, and some such studies have been completed, suggesting that both the quantity and the quality of bullying have changed in recent years, though not always in the direction some may presume.6 Some of those changes may be attributable to the life that the always on, constantly connected generation lives, and the role that electronic communication plays in those lives. Other changes may instead reflect broader changes in culture and in society. But even for those changes taking place in societal norms, there can be little question that some changes are facilitated, perhaps even called for, by the Internet and the culture of those who inhabit it. Anonymity, constant access to the victim, a wider audience for the act of bullying, greater planning possible on the part of the bully, all of these are aided by computers, social networks, and mobile phones, making these aspects of bullying more relevant to our political and legal analysis.