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'Cyberbullying' as Harmful as Physical Threats, Study Finds
Date:2/13/2013

h their cellphone also considered suicide.

In addition, the investigators noted that girls and younger students were more likely to think about suicide. The findings underscore previous studies conducted in the United States and Canada, the authors pointed out in the news release.

The researchers advised parents to be aware of warning signs signaling that their child may be the victim of bullying, including: mood changes; sadness; poor school performance; social withdrawal; lack of appetite.

When it comes to cyberbullying, Holt concluded, "careful supervision of youth activity online, including the use of filtering software, can help reduce the likelihood that the child is targeted by bullies via the Web."

The study authors also advised parents to monitor their children's cellphone use because children are often reluctant to report this type of bullying for fear of losing their phone privileges.

"Thus," Holt added, "parents must carefully educate their children on the risk of bullying victimization via mobile phones and ensure that they can speak to one or both parents about negative experiences."

More information

The American Psychological Association has more about bullying.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Michigan State University, news release, Feb. 11, 2013


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