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Facebook is worst site for teen bullying, survey finds

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Facebook has been named as the worst online service for teenage bullying based on the results of a survey.

Online watchdog Knowthenet's study of 2,001 teenagers concluded that 87% of participants have been subjected to abuse on the social network, compared to 19% on Twitter.

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So-called trolling was also found to be prevalent on BlackBerry's BBM messaging service, Ask.fm, Bebo and Whatsapp.

The study concluded that 19-year-old males are most at risk of being targeted on social networks, with 85% having experienced abuse online at some point.

"Whilst some might expect girls to be more vulnerable online, this study shows that older boys are more at risk from trolling and cyber bullying," said psychologist Arthur Cassidy.

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"Many boys feel under pressure to demonstrate their bravado, particularly on the web, but this attitude and male deficiency in coping strategies can make them more vulnerable and open to trolling.

"Online bullying can have a massive impact on older male teenagers at a time when they are finding their identities. Suicide rates are particularly high amongst this demographic, so it's worrying to hear that teenagers on the whole are choosing to deal with internet abuse themselves rather than speaking to parents or teachers for help."

Knowthenet is campaigning to stamp out online trolling and has published a set of guidelines to help parents and teens tackle the issue.

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