I have not researched this, so all I have is my personal experience with Facebook.com and my gut reactions to the occasional news story.
I'm not even thirty and I didn't even have a regular old cell phone until I was in college. Now I see teens, pre-teens and sometimes even young children with smart phones and mobile broadband, tablets, wireless internet on multiple devices, etc. Access to the most disturbing and inappropriate material has never been easier for kids than it is today, and this is an advent of the last several years of human history. And bullying, while it's always been normal, has never been so easy to do anonymously and from the protection of one's parents' house. In other words, kids who wouldn't have the guts to by a bully in person have many more ways to bully now that they have social media.
So. What do you think/feel is the overall impact of social media and internet on youth nowadays?
And what should parents be doing about this, if anything?
Upsetting article from CNN that inspired the post:
Bullied Canadian teen leaves behind chilling YouTube video