A survey of over 200 Kansas State University students finds more than half believe that cyber-bullying is a "minor problem" or a "common problem" among students.
While 92% of those students said they had not been involved in cyber-bullying this school year, 13% reported one or more of their friends had engaged in the practice. Ten percent said they had been targets and 18% reported their friends were targeted.
Students enrolled in a University Experience class were asked to complete the 24-question, anonymous survey last month.
The survey used the cyber-bullying definition provided in Kansas' new anti-bullying law, which was revised in July to include cyber-bullying. The law requires schools to develop anti-bullying policies, plans and preventative measures.
E-mail, instant messaging, text messages, blogs, mobile phones and other electronic communication is used by cyber-bullies to intimidate or threaten.