Report: Bullying By Text Message Now More Prevalent

Researchers reported today that a growing number of school children are being bullied via text message. Out of 1,100 middle school and high school students surveyed in 2008, 24 percent said they have been “harassed” — through vicious rumors, rude or mean comments, or threats — by texting, which is up from 14 percent in a survey of the same children in 2007. Internet Solutions for Kids, Inc. researchers “suggest that attention needs to be paid to kids’ text-messaging world” but that parents need not “become distressed or take kids cellphones away.”