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This episode of DNews is brought to you by Norton.
As the old saying goes, "On the the Internet, no one know you're an *beep*," and science
is showing, cyberbullying has some long-lasting effects.
Our parents had regular bullies, they stole their lunch money on the walk to school. They beat
them up out of sight of the teachers, but cyberbullies don't have to go far to get out
of sight or find a victim. A study in School Psychology Quarterly found when it comes to
bullying: girls were more likely to be victims of verbal or relational assaults, while boys
were more likely to be physically bullied, and as kids age the physical bullying peters
out, but cyberbullying increases.
According to research in the Jornal Psicothema, one in four teens were cyber-bullied in the year
prior to the study. And unlike old school bullying, the internet is in your pocket all
the time thanks to smartphones. 63 percent of the teens said they never shut off their
phones, so they can be bullied anywhere, and as more people carry devices like phones and
laptops the numbers will only grow.
The long-term effects of this round-the-clock bullying are just beginning to be studied.
According to the same Psicothema study, with most, the cyberbullying lasted less than a
month; but four percent of teens said they'd been regularly cyber-bullied for three to
six months and three percent for more than a year! That's a lot of bullying!
And it doesn't stop there, the Boston Children's Hospital released a study earlier this year,
that says even though the bullying does stop eventually, the harm sticks around forever. People who
experienced harrassment at any age experienced worse mental and physical health later in
life, plus increased depressive symptoms and lower self-worth. A seperate studying in the Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences found that victims of bullying had increases in anxiety
disorders, panic disorder, and depression, and additionally, people who were bullied had
higher levels of C-reactive protein, which is a biomarker which has been linked to higher cardiovascular risk.
Bullies, on the other hand, had lower levels of that protein. That's awful.
Anyway, the reasons aren't really clear, but a study by the Family Institute at Northwestern University
said that teenagers have more difficulty processing and dealing with cyber bullying than classic
bullying, simply because online is more solitary. No one comes to the victim's defence, and
it's difficult for a victim to work out differences with their bully.
This isn't just a kids issue either, climate scientists are cyberbullied constantly. Gavin
Schmidt, a climate scientist for NASA, told Scientific American he gets a lot of hate
mail and intimidating letters, everytime he publishes anything. Journalists, myself included, experience bullying
on a regular basis. It's not easy to put your face on YouTube, knowing that everything you
say or do will be commented on; usually negatively. Again, females have it worse than males in this area, as
exposed by the current #GamerGate bullcrap. But that's neither here nor there.
Cyberbullying is truly horrible to the people it affects, and it's becoming such a growing
problem, a 13-year-old from Chicago entered a project in the Google Science Fair that
cut bullying comments by 93.43 percent -- her invention? A piece of software that identifies
a mean comment and simply asks if they're sure they want to post it. Seriously, almost everyone
who used it reconsider their comment.
Luckily there’s other software out there to protect you from cyberbullying and other
online dangers
so a big thank you to Norton for protecting the vulnerable AND for sponsoring the DNews.
Have you ever been a victim of cyberbullying? Bullies in general? We're here for you, we're a community.
So let's talk about it. Go ahead down to the comments and let us know what you thought about this and if this has ever happened to you.
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What Are The Real Effects Of Cyberbullying?

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Cheng-Hong Liu published on April 24, 2015
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