Bullying is nothing new. Smack talk between kids is nothing new. Cliques, rivalries, jealousies, middle school drama — none of that is new. What is new is the way these practices and attitudes are being propagated using technology. What used to be done through an unsigned note left in a locker or a crank call made late at night is now done more often through social media that makes it easy to hide behind a screen name.
It’s obvious that social media is allowing children — and adults, too — to be nasty in new and inventive ways. Anonymity breeds recklessness, and sites like Instagram and Vine, Twitter and Snapchat and even Facebook and MySpace make it easy to be anonymous, or at least to think one is.