Soliciting cyber, as well as sending sexually explicit messages, pictures, and material to a minor is considered illegal in the United States.
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But adults can be bullied too, and not only by fellow adults. And, unfortunately, senior citizens become easy targets of bullies, since they can be viewed as weak or vulnerable.
Seniors may be treated harshly, or be the targets of scare tactics and verbal intimidation.
Girls are generally more subtle than boys, relying on gossip and social exclusion to bully their victims.
However, many boys use verbal bullying techniques, as in the case with Klein, relying on words, rather than physical harm, to bully someone else. Verbal bullying can affect your self-image and create emotional and psychological damage, including low self-esteem and depression.
Cybersex, often simply referred to as cyber, is intended to be undertaken for sexual stimulation and arousal, regardless of whether or not real life masturbation is taking place.
Therefore, many jurisdictions will treat cybersex as engaging in sexual practices.
Victims of cyberbullying may not know the identity of their bully, or why the bully is targeting them.
The harassment can have wide-reaching effects on the victim, as the content used to harass the victim can be spread and shared easily among many people and often remains accessible for a long time after the initial incident.
The You Tube video showed a group of teenagers relentlessly taunting and verbally abusing their elderly bus monitor on a school bus in Greece, N. The victim, then 68-year-old Karen Klein, immediately received a flood of support from outraged people.