If you have time to tune in, I have a piece on the BBC World Service radio show, Digital Planet, this week about cyberbullying. As well as some harrowing clips from victims, I interview Microsoft about some new research they've completed into rates of online bullying across Europe.
Unbelievably, a third of teenagers across the EU say they have been bullied online, with levels highest in the Nordic countries and lowest in Spain and Italy. With every new technology, a new form of bullying seems to emerge: Happy slapping using mobile phones, vicious emails, and these days, fake profiles on social networking sites.
It's easy enough to say that children just shouldn't use these sites or devices, but not to would mean opting out of a culture that's integral to their lives... And this means online bullying can be as hurtful as any other kind. Case in point, is the fact that teenagers commit suicide as a result.