Bullying is an act that is an everyday occurrence in some people's lives. Bullying can be done in many outlets such as, spreading rumors, tormenting victims, verbal harassment, physical harassment, sexual harassment, threats, gossiping, misappropriate use of technology to hurt another and intentional exclusions from peers. Over the past years bullying has become one of the biggest problems in our society today. It has linked to many negative outcomes such as substance abuse, suicide, depression and other related mental health problems. It has increased stressed on parents for consistently worrying about the safety of their children, especially when they are going to school.
Moreover, Today many teens that bully also engage in cyber bullying. Cyber bullying takes place using electronic technology devices such as cell phones, tablets and computers as well as communication tools including social media, text messages, chat, emails and websites. It's become an easy way of bullying because it doesn't involve face-to-face interaction. Teens can become very cruel while in front of a computer screen, and say or do things they wouldn't do to a person's face. Also, they can't see the person's reaction to what they post or text, they may not know if they have taken it too far. In our society today bullying has become harder to avoid because, with the help of the Internet it can happen twenty-four hours a day and can follow a person around everywhere they go. .
In addition, in 2015 the American Health Association examined correlations between gender, race sexual identity, and technology use, and patterns of cyber bullying experiences and behaviors between middle school students. They distributed a Youth Risk Behavior Survey of a probability sample of 1,285 students in Los Angeles Unified School District middle schools. In the survey they used logistic regressions to gate the correlations of being a cyber bully perpetrator, victim, and perpetrator victim.