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  • When Words Hurt More Than "Sticks and Stones": Why New York State Needs Cyberbullying Legislation

    Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can hurt even more, especially when words are left permanently in cyberspace. Bullying, in general, has changed dramatically over the years. Cyberbullying periodically received attention in schools and in the media over the years but has recently become the focus of parents, educators and even the President of the United States. The definition of cyberbullying, and its parameters, was often unclear, resulting in mixed responses to cyberbullying. It is suggested that the power of cyberbullying comes from the anonymity associated with posting in cyberspace, while using the computer as a disguise through usernames and chat rooms. However, the power of the cyberbully emphasizes the weak position of the victim who is subjected to this personal attack.