Navigation Links
Cyberbullying rampant among high school students
Date:5/4/2013

WASHINGTON, DC Step into a class of 30 high school students and look around. Five of them have been victims of electronic bullying in the past year.

What's more, 10 of those students spend three or more hours on an average school day playing video games or using a computer for something other than school work, according to a study to be presented Sunday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC.

"Electronic bullying of high school students threatens the self-esteem, emotional well-being and social standing of youth at a very vulnerable stage of their development," said study author Andrew Adesman, MD, FAAP, chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. "Although teenagers generally embrace being connected to the Web and each other 24/7, we must recognize that these new technologies carry with them the potential to traumatize youth in new and different ways."

The researchers analyzed data from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 15,425 public and private high school students. The school response rate was 81 percent, and the student response rate was 87 percent.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts the survey on a nationally representative sample of high schoolers every two years to monitor six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability and social problems among U.S. youths.

For the first time, the 2011 survey asked students whether they had been a victim of electronic bullying in the past 12 months, including through email, chat rooms, instant messaging, websites and texting. They also were asked how many hours they play video or computer games or use a computer for something that is not school work.

Results showed:

  • One in six high school students (16.2 percent) reported being electronically bullied within the past 12 months.

  • Girls were more than twice as likely to report being a victim of cyberbullying than boys (22.1 percent vs. 10.8 percent).

  • Whites reported being the victim of cyberbullying more than twice as frequently as blacks.

"Electronic bullying is a very real yet silent danger that may be traumatizing children and teens without parental knowledge and has the potential to lead to devastating consequences," said principal investigator Karen Ginsburg, also at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. "By identifying groups at higher risk for electronic bullying, it is hoped that targeted awareness and prevention strategies can be put in place."

Results regarding video game and recreational computer use showed:

  • Thirty-one percent of high school students reported spending three or more hours daily playing video games or using a computer for something other than school.

  • Boys were more likely than girls to report playing for more than three hours a day (35.3 percent vs. 26.6 percent).

"As technology continues to advance and computers become that much more accessible, cyberbullying will continue to grow as a hurtful weapon against kids and teens," Dr. Adesman concluded.


'/>"/>

Contact: Susan Stevens Martin
ssmartin@aap.org
847-434-7131
American Academy of Pediatrics
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Cyberbullying May Call for New Prevention Tactics
2. In-Person Bullying Still Bigger Problem Than Cyberbullying: Expert
3. Cyberbullying as Harmful as Physical Threats, Study Finds
4. Why is traumatic brain injury increasing among the elderly?
5. Overuse Injuries Common Among Female College Athletes
6. Predictors identified for rehospitalization among post-acute stroke patients
7. Job injuries among youth prompt calls for better safety standards
8. Death From Accidental Injuries Among Kids Drops 30%: CDC
9. Swallowing exercises linked with short-term improvement among patients with head and neck cancer
10. Study examines drug regimen for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer among older patients
11. Study examines adverse effects among different radiation therapies for prostate cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... 28, 2016 , ... ProText Layouts is a set of 30 self-animating kinetic ... With ProText Layouts, video editors can create an energetic typography video with incredible ease. ... texts. Creating text-based videos have never been easier. , ProText Layouts includes 30 ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... April 28, 2016 , ... CastCoverz!, America’s ... with AquaShieldUSA, the country's oldest waterproof cast protector . As the largest ... the largest selection of daily, night, weatherproof and waterproof covers for most orthopedic ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... ... University of New England President Danielle N. Ripich is pleased to announce ... In addition to his role as director of Athletics, McDonald will oversee a ... space of just one year Jack has distinguished himself by his commitment to our ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... April 28, 2016 , ... The ARRS ... events, attracting medical professionals from around the globe who attended a week’s worth ... Ceremonies Sunday, April 17 included the introduction of the 2016 ARRS Distinguished Educator, ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... April 28, 2016 , ... Trinity Health, ... Kids, a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its ... that can help reduce tobacco use. The initiative brings together two organizations committed ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... TOKYO , April 28, 2016 ... and Ste phen ... ArisGlobal®, a leading provider of cloud-based software solutions for ... and Pharmacovigilance team to bring a wealth of insight to a ... unparalleled pharmacovigilance knowledge. George Phillips joined ArisGlobal ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 28, 2016 New market ... is a report that provides an overview of ... pipelines by identifying new targets and MOAs to ... Profiles discussed in this H1 2016 Osteoarthritis Pipeline ... AbbVie Inc., Abiogen Pharma S.p.A., Ablynx NV, Achelios ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... April 27, 2016 Elekta today ... platform will be the focal point of seven scientific ... European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology, taking place April ... a state-of-the-art radiotherapy system and a high-field MRI scanner ... see the patient,s anatomy in real time. The MR-linac ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: