MEDFORD, Ore. -- In the 21st century, there's a new way to bully. In fact, The Protectors organization calls "social media" the "perfect storm.”
The Protectors call social media the perfect storm because it takes away human connection.
Without a face-to-face relationship and empathy created through that, people are just more likely to say cruel things.
Experts even say adults may be giving the okay without even realizing it.
The study is called the Bobo Doll Study and was done in the 1960s.
Researchers put a Bobo doll in with an adult as children watched.
The children who watched the adult talk and behave aggressively toward that doll were more aggressive when they were left alone with it.
In fact, the researchers say the children who witnessed that violence became even more violent.
They say they did things like use toy guns against the doll, something the adults never did.
Experts say kids are watching what their parents and other adults are doing and saying on and off online.
“Treating people with distain and contempt on a regular basis and putting other people down, there's just going to replicate what they've seen in the home,” says Paul Coughlin, The Protectors.
He says famous people who bully each other and get re-tweets and Facebook likes are also part of the problem.
Coughlin says we become bystanders by laughing or applauding the bullying.
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