Recent studies have shown that cyberbullying is a growing problem among kids and teenagers. Research in Psicothema found that one in four teenagers were subject to cyberbullying. Unlike in-person teasing and bullying, online bullying can happen anytime, anywhere, even when a child is alone. Smartphones have made this kind of bullying easy, since we carry them around with us all the time. Sixty-three percent of teens in the Pscicothema study said they never turn off their phone.
While cyberbulling specifically is just beginning to be studied, it's likely to have longterm consequences for victims-just like other forms of bullying. A recent study from the Boston Children's Hospital found that children who experienced harassment at any age experienced worse mental and physical health later in their lives. Another study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that people who had been bullied had higher levels of C-reactive protein, a biomarker often connected with increased risk of cardiovascular medical conditions.
Have or someone you know been subject to cyberbullying? How do you think we can combat this issue? Let us know in the comments below.
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