A new Canadian study finds 23 percent of middle and high school students say they are cyberbully victims, and with that comes another risk factor, depression
When researchers look at kids who are victims of cyberbullying, they found, they had a greater risk of depression too.
Dr. Tatiana Falcone did not take part in the study but is a child psychiatrist at Cleveland Clinic Children's.
"They start feeling alone because they feel like they can't go back to their friends," she said. "Because some of them might be the ones who are cyberbullying, they feel like they can't talk to their teachers because other kids will look at them different. And they feel like they're growing up and they shouldn't be talking to their parents."
University of Alberta researchers analyzed data from 36 cyberbullying studies, finding girls are more often victims than boys and often victims just lack the confidence or are unaware that anything can be done to stop cyberbullying.
Researchers say the results may help develop better prevention and management strategies. Cyberbullying can be threatening emails, embarrassing posts, or even just ranking peers with words like prettiest to ugliest.
"It's anything that is related to electronic communication - not face to face," Falcone said. "So, it is texting, it is even some of the video games that now are social."
Parents need to be aware of what kids are doing online, what sites they're going to and establish rules about technology use.
Kids need to understand what's inappropriate to share online. Here is a link to help stop cyberbullying: http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html