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Surveys Track Online Harassment

By Mary C. Breaden — December 04, 2007 1 min read
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Between 10 percent and 34 percent of children in the United States ages 10 to 17 have been harassed on the Internet, according to two separate reports from Santa Ana, Calif.-based Internet Solutions for Kids and the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center.

A nationally representative sample of 1,600 youths ages 10 to 15 were surveyed online by Internet Solutions for Kids, which found that 34 percent had been harassed over the Internet at least once between September 2005 and September 2006.

The University of New Hampshire report, using a nationally representative telephone survey of 1,500 youths ages 10 to 17, found that 10 percent of youths reported being victims of online harassment between the spring of 2004 and the spring of 2005.

A version of this article appeared in the December 05, 2007 edition of Education Week

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