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Terms Against Bullying

Universidade Lusófona, ISCAL 260, Universidade de Madeira, Universidade de Évora, Universidade do Algarve, ISAL, Universidade Autônoma de Lisboa, Universidade Alberta, Queen Elizabeth's School

Issue 53 | December 2019

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For parents and for young people, cyberbullying has been growing as a problem. In the UK, half of all teenagers say they have experienced it. A recent study has suggested that bullied teenagers are three times more likely to commit suicide. In Portugal, though cyberbullying is punishable by up to five years imprisonment when the offender is over 16 years old, victims are discredited or afraid to report it. Attackers remain free to use their smartphones as a weapon to spread hatred.

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