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

  • 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.


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