Schoolyard bullies are becoming increasingly high tech, as a growing number of students now engage in "cyber bullying" by spreading rumors through web sites or harassing students through text messages or eMail. To combat this trend, anti-bullying programs across North America are adding information about cyber bullying and its effects on today's youth.

The federal government, for instance, recently added information about cyber bullying to the $3.2 million "Stop Bullying Now!" campaign that it launched last year. The Beaverton, Ore., school system is revising its health curriculum, and cyber bullying is among the topics that

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