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Cyberbullying Knows No Socio-economic Bounds

Even though they have less access to online technologies, poor teens are as likely as middle-class and rich teens to be victims of cyberbullying, according to a new study writes Robert Preidt, HealthDay News.

The findings suggest that there is no economic “digital divide” when it comes to cyberbullying, said lead author Thomas Holt, an associate professor of criminal justice at Michigan State University.

“We found neighborhood conditions that are indicative of poverty and crime are a significant predictor for bullying — not only for physical and verbal bullying, but cyberbullying as well,” he said in a university news release. “This is a very unique and somewhat surprising finding.”