We hear the stories all the time -- a child can barely get through the day because he's been harassed and tormented by mean texts, Facebook posts, or by a website created for the express purpose of humiliating him. Well, recent findings from the Cyberbullying Research Center reveal that "cyberbullying victims were almost twice as likely to have attempted suicide compared to youth who had not experienced cyberbullying."
The devastating effects of cyberbullying were also confirmed by The Journal of Adolescent Health. Their newly-released survey results revealed that kids who are cyberbullied tend to feel "isolated, dehumanized, or helpless." Based on responses from over 7500 6th through 10th graders, the study also found that cyberbullying leaves the perpetrator unscathed, while the victim often ends up feeling depressed.
The National Crime Prevention Council has some excellent information on responding to cyberbullying. Click here to find out what you can do. If you are a parent or teacher, share this information with your child. Cyberbullying is a fast-growing, insidious epidemic that's affecting more kids than we even know.
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