When it comes to cyber harassment, the media hype is all about online bullying in high school, but a 2014 study from the Pew Research Center found that 70% of young adults ages 18-24 have experienced online harassment. In the Media & Identity Study – run by Dr. Linda Charmaraman – a diverse group of adolescents in that age range were surveyed. Their responses revealed some surprising and some not-so-surprising results about which subgroups are more vulnerable to cyber harassment.

In this video, Dr. Charmaraman, principal investigator of the project, reviews the findings of the Media & Identity Study related to cyber harassment, which focused on cyber rumor spreading and being mean or rude to others online, and the implications for those findings. For more information on the Media & Identity Study, visit www.wcwonline.org/mediaidentitystudy.

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