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Cyberbullying is the misuse of electronic information and mass media, such as e-mail, SMS, weblogs, cellphones and defamatory websites, to harass or attack a person or a group. It can cause emotional damage.[1] Cyberbullying can include sending threats and unwanted sexual messages.

Some schools have started programs to teach students about cyberbullying and how to deal with it.[2]

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In 2006, a 13 year old girl in Missouri killed herself after receiving mean messages on MySpace from a woman pretending to be a teenage boy. The state of Missouri then made using technology like the Internet or text messages to harass someone illegal.[3]

In New Hampshire, a law was passed in 2010 that said that schools must have rules against cyberbullying.[4]

On October 12, 2012, a Canadian girl named Amanda Todd killed herself. A few years before this happened, she showed her breasts on a video chat, and a man later messaged her saying that if Todd did not show more parts of her body then he would post the pictures he had taken of her from the video chat to the Internet. She faced a lot of bullying on the internet afterwards.

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Newspaper headlines about bullying
  1. "Parent Advice - Cyberbullying Tips - Common Sense Media". Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  2. "DON'T HURT: Schools win $10m to fight cyber-bullying - Education - News - Melbourne Leader". Archived from the original on February 19, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
  3. Salter, Jim (June 30, 2008). "Mo. governor signs cyberbullying bill - Internet-". MSNBC. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  4. "Legal Clips » New Hampshire law requires schools to have policies against cyberbullying". Retrieved October 25, 2010.

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