Learning Objectives

1. Recognize the ways text-based communication has changed teens’ capacity for meanness relative to prior generations.
2. Describe how cyberbullying is rooted in social norms among teens.
3. Explain how social forces, such as social class and social networks, influence a teen’s susceptibility to developing suicidal thoughts.
4. Identify how focusing on the link between cyberbullying and suicide diverts attention from the root causes of both of these social problems.