the Impact on Society's Mental Health

So what is it?

“willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.”

Different types:

Flaming: Online fights usually through emails, instant messaging or chat rooms where angry and rude comments are exchanged.

Denigration: Putting mean online messages through email, instant messaging, chat rooms, or websites set up to make fun of someone.

Exclusion: Intentionally leaving someone out of a group such as instant messaging, friend sites, or other online group activities.

Outing: Sharing secrets about someone online including private information, pictures, and videos.

Trickery: Tricking someone into revealing personal information then sharing it with others.

Impersonation: Pretending to be someone else when sending or posting mean or false messages online.

Harassment: Repeatedly sending malicious messages to someone online.

Cyberstalking: Continuously harassing and denigration including threats of physical harm.

Increase of Victimization

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How do we fall prey?

In The United States roughly 90% of adolescents spend over 60% of their day on a device. With these statistics, an adolescents day is spent either at school where face to face bullying is present or at home connected to a device.
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How it Impacts our Society:

Doctors Patchin and Hinduja conducted a study in which their results found that adolescent peer aggression had a strong correlation with an increase of suicide, depression, anxiety and paranoia. Not only are the victims affected mentally, but the bully as well. Many times the bully is experiencing life troubles which they in turn displace upon a random victim.
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Becoming aware and having a thorough understanding of cyberbullying and its affects are the only way we can prevent it form happening.

As technology has advanced, more and more cases of cyberbullying related suicides have flooded our newsrooms. Rather than overlooking when victims come to you for help, it is crucial to get immediate help.

It is also important for schools to tackle these issues from an unbiased standpoint focused around peer intervention. Educating children on how to properly deal with peer to peer interaction in a positive way. When schools allow cyberbullying to continue they are essentially condoning poor and even dangerous social behavior.

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