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For example, girls were twice as likely as boys to fall victim to cyber aggression.
"In spite of societal progress regarding gender inequality, there remains a tendency to attribute lower levels of esteem and respect to females in our society, including within schools," Felmlee said.
The survey collected data about participants' social networks, dating history, and cyberbullying experiences.
Felmlee and co-author Robert Faris, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California-Davis, found that approximately 17.2 percent of students had been involved with cyberbullying within a week of their having been surveyed -- 5.8 percent were purely victims, 9.1 percent were solely aggressors, and 2.3 percent were both.
Overall, incidents of cyber aggression ranged from threats and the posting of embarrassing photos and nasty rumors to criminal activities such as identity theft and physical relationship violence that the attacker posted about online.Contact: Daniel Fowler, (202) 527-7885, (914) 450-4557 (cell), [email protected] Press Office (Aug.20-23): Washington State Convention Center, Room 601, (206) 219-4513 Disclaimer: AAAS and Eurek Alert!"We were not surprised that non-heterosexuals were more likely to be victims than heterosexuals," Felmlee said."However, the size of the effect was alarmingly high.