Do Anonymous Apps Enable Cyberbullying?

One activist says they have a long way to go

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Do apps like Whisper, Secret and Ask.fm, which let their users mask their identity, give voice to cyberbullying and other bad behavior? Mike Dreiblatt, president of the activist group Stand Up to Bullying and co-author of How to Stop Bullying and Social Aggression, says that such apps tend to bring out the worst in young people, and has some advice for the apps as well as parents.

Mike Dreiblatt is president of the activist group Stand Up to Bullying and co-author of How to Stop Bullying and Social Aggression.

How pervasive is cyberbullying?

Twenty-five percent of students surveyed by the Cyberbullying Research Center said that they were cyberbullied at some point in their life; 87 percent of young people have reported seeing cyberbullying in their lifetime.

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