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Study: Teens find peers kind on social networks

Study says teens tend to find their peers kind on social networks, though bullying occurs By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A new study finds that despite all the worries about online bullying, more than two-thirds of teenagers on social-networking sites say their peers are mostly kind.

Still, 15 percent say they have been the target of mean or cruel behavior, and 88 percent say they have witnessed such behavior directed at others.

One-fifth of teens who use social-networking sites say they have personally joined in such bullying, and four-fifths say they defended someone who was a victim of meanness or cruelty.

The study was released Wednesday. It's based on a telephone survey of 799 teens and parents from April 19 to July 14. The margin of sampling error was 5 percentage points.



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