Cyberbullying: 'Even worse than regular old-fashioned bullying'

Cyberbullying: 'Even worse than regular old-fashioned bullying' »Play Video
Bullying behavior can happen at school - or online

EUGENE, Ore. - Some bullies don't haunt the hallways of schools: They dwell in the palm of their victim's hand.

Cyberbullying has evolved with technology, making the leap with the web from desktop computers to mobile devices to social media.

"A big concern in this building is the issue of bullying and harassment, because now the bully has tools we never had before," said Fred Gorelick, a teacher at North Eugene High School. "It is shocking to me how cruel, under the cloak of anonymity, kids can be."

Cyber or otherwise, bullying is a big concern.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bullied youth are three to five times more likely to attempt suicide.

Stopbullying.gov reports 20 percent of U.S. high schoolers have been bullied.

And about 30 percent of young people admit to bullying.

Now platforms like Facebook and Snapchat and Tumblr offer new platforms for bullies and the bullied to meet.
 
"I think it's just a new platform. I think it's a dangerous platform, too," said University of Oregon student Jake Figgs.

"It's not just this small area where it's kind of contained by who is there," said Nick Davis. "Everyone can see it, so I feel like it's even worse than regular old-fashioned bullying."