Monday, June 10, 2013

Cyberbullying Puts Teens at Risk

Health Behavior News Service, June 4, 2013

"Teenage victims of cyberbullying, defined as the use of the internet or cell phones to send hurtful and harassing messages, are more likely to develop symptoms of depression, substance abuse and internet addiction, reports a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Conversely, teens who are depressed or who abuse drugs are also often targets of cyberbullies. 
Understanding the link between cyberbullying and health behaviors in adolescence is critical, said the study’s lead author, Manuel Gamez-Guadix, Ph.D. of the University of Deusto in Spain. 'A number of adolescents are both victims of cyberbullying and perpetrators of cyberbullying, but victims are at higher risk for psychological and behavior health problems, like substance abuse, after six months of bullying.'" Read More

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