Effects of cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has been found to be associated with symptoms of social anxiety, depression, attempted suicide, somatic symptoms, and low self confidence and esteem. These symptoms may be seem more with cyberbullying than traditional bullying for the following reasons:

  1. It occurs in a child’s home
    • When an online bully follows you home, it takes away your sense of a safe place
  2. It is more severe
    • People say things online that they wouldn’t dream of saying in person, mainly because they cannot see your reaction
  3. It can be far reaching and last longer
    • When you bully online, it is easier to send embarrassing information to many people at once
  4. It can be anonymous
    • Cyberbullies often hide behind their screen names so that they don’t have to identify who they are. By not knowing who is responsible for bullying messages, a victim’s insecurity is heightened
  5. It may been inescapable
    • Sometimes, it’s not as easy as logging off line. When cyberbullies attack from all angles, it can seem impossible to get away from
  6. It can lead to behavioral problems
  7. IT can effect students academically
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