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Report: One-third of US teens are victims of cyberbullying

The suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi has brought more attention to cyberbullying. A new study examines the scale of cyberbullying among US teens.

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Overall, social networking makes most college students feel more connected (85 percent) rather than more isolated (14 percent), according to the poll, completed by about 2,200 undergraduates at 40 randomly selected four-year colleges.

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In another case that has sparked controversy, recent Duke graduate Karen Owen created a mock-thesis PowerPoint presentation analyzing in graphic detail 13 Duke athletes she had sex with. It has spread rapidly online this month, although Ms. Owen has reportedly said that was not her intent. Some observers have celebrated it for turning male objectification of women on its head, while others decry it as yet another form of cyberbullying.

As part of an ongoing campaign against digital abuse, MTV has teamed up with actress Brittany Snow, the Jed Foundation, and several other groups to promote “Love is Louder,” a new initiative where people can post short videos on http://your.mtv.com/ or send messages on Twitter and Facebook to show how love and support is more powerful than whatever would try to bring people down.

Earlier this week, TV host Dr. Phil focused his show on bullying. It included a panel discussion with victims of bullying led by actor Mark Indelicato, who played a gay teen on “Ugly Betty” and also posted a video last week on his blog about remembering what it was like to be bullied and to not fit in during grade school.

On Friday night, CNN personality Anderson Cooper will present a town-hall meeting on bullying. It will include guests ranging from “American Idol” finalist Crystal Bowersox to Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education Kevin Jennings.

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project is offering free to schools a teaching kit and a new documentary, “Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History.” The film tells of a student who filed a federal lawsuit against his school district in the wake of anti-gay bullying.

"Students should never be afraid for their safety at school,” says Jamie Nabozny, the subject of the documentary and now 34, in a press release. “This film offers hope to students who are being harassed and should inspire educators to live up to their responsibility to stop the bullying that is shattering lives.”

Fifty-two percent of teens and 20-somethings say homophobia is a big issue in their communities, according to the TRU survey.

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