If you know somebody intends to sock you in the face in the schoolyard, you might be able to avoid them, take a different hallway, follow a different route home.
But cyberbullying follows you wherever you go -- to your new school, to your grandmother's house." Whereas brawn is a prerequisite for schoolyard bullies, cyberbullies can come in all shapes and sizes.
Computer addiction, as players of elaborate online games such as World of Warcraft and City of Heroes become hopelessly obsessed.
Web sites in which teens reinforce self-destructive behavior -- for example, "Friends of Ana" sites advocating anorexia.
Wages of exploitation When 17-year-old Ryan Haight of La Mesa (San Diego County) used the computer in his family's den to order painkillers online, court reports indicate that 100 tablets of hydrocodone (a generic version of Vicodin) arrived in the mail a few days later, c.o.d.
-- despite the fact that he had no valid prescription.
For several hours, while administrators scrambled to block it, the school site featured an obscene photo montage of the student's face superimposed on other bodies -- labeled with his name, a racial slur and gang slogans.
"It was awful -- enough to make you feel physically ill just looking at it," said Principal Andrew Ishibashi.
Event in Mountain View, Ca on 2/11/06 Photo by : Michael Macor/ San Francisco Chronicle Mandatory credit for Photographer and San Francisco Chronicle/ - Magazines Out lesshaddock12005_Yee immersed in the game World of Warcrtaft.haddock12005_Yee immersed in the game World of Warcrtaft.A look at the potential cyberhazards for kids/teenagers playing computer games.In retrospect, his own classmates posed a graver threat. One victim who became a crusader is Samantha Hahn, the National American Miss for 2005.Silently he endured months of their online torture -- pronouncements like "You're a loser! Her saga began in sixth grade, when her best friend started a rumor that Samantha was lesbian.