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More victims of online abuse reach out to parents

7:41 AM, Oct 24, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - More young people are reaching out to their families after being harassed or taunted online, and it's helping. At least a little. 

That's according to a poll released Thursday by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV that found incidents of so-called digital abuse are still widely prevalent but somewhat on the decline. The survey also suggests a growing awareness among teenagers and young adults that online meanness is hurting society. There also is as an uptick among those willing to seek help by telling their parents or a sibling.

The findings come a week after two Florida teens were arrested on felony charges for allegedly bullying a 12-year-old girl online who later killed herself.

The survey from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV on online bullying among teens and young adults was conducted from Sept. 27-Oct. 7 by the GfK Group. It was based on online interviews with 1,297 teens and young adults, including 489 teens ages 14-17 and 808 young adults ages 18-24 who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

Associated Press

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