Do youths reject online bullying, or just say they do?

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 - 11:10 am

Re "Young people less tolerant of online slurs" (Page A1, Nov.24): According to the article, there has been an increase in the number of young people who believe online slurs are unacceptable, yet there has been no decrease in the number of such messages posted on social networks used by young people. The article also says that the majority of young people are not offended by derogatory and prejudiced language. Have we succeeded in producing a generation now strong enough to brush off online bullying, or have we merely created a generation of young people desensitized to online slurs and, by implication, their effect on others? I would like to believe this change in attitude is a precursor to a change in behavior, but I fear it is more likely an example of respondents giving the "correct answer" about attitudes in a survey, while their actual online behavior gives us the true answer.

-- Anne Taylor, Sacramento

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