Years ago, bullying was something that was done on neighborhood streets and school campuses and involved verbal and physical interactions between two or more people. Smartphones and tablets have done bullies a huge favor, because they no longer have to harass their targets face to face.

Bullying has been around as long as humans have. While I can't really say I personally was bullied growing up, I did have the occasional run-ins with kids on campus and in my neighborhood. The bullying I remember growing up involved two kids who met after school was out at an off-campus location to settle their dispute with fisticuffs. The new form of bullying is nothing more than extreme cowardness.

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Reader's Digest recently published data proclaiming Idaho as the worst of all 50 states when it comes to cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is the act of harassing someone online, whether that be on social media sites such as Twitter, direct messaging through Facebook, or even on gaming sites where multiple people join in for what should be some harmless fun.

There are a number of anti-bullying websites and resources on the Internet that try to do what they can to educate the public about the problem, but these efforts, unfortunately, don't provide much aid when it comes to preventing the act itself. Blocking unwanted sources of cyberbullying is an option, but by the time this is done, the negative seed of criticism and cruelty has already been planted in the target's head.

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