The Surprising Way to Help Teens Cope With Cyberbullying: Family Dinner!
“One in five adolescents experience cyberbullying,” Frank Elgar of the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University said in a press release. “Many adolescents use social media, and online harassment and abuse are difficult for parents and educators to monitor, so it is critical to identify protective factors for youths who are exposed to cyberbullying.”
According to research published in JAMA Pediatrics earlier this week, nearly 19 percent of the students involved in the study reported having experienced cyberbullying during the previous year. And while victims of cyberbullying have been shown to abuse drugs and alcohol as well as have an increased possibility of developing mental health problems, this study demonstrated that teens who were dealing with cyberbullying and who ate with their families on a regular basis benefited from the social support that goes hand in hand with dinner table conversation.
Of course, family dinners aren’t the only way you can help your child cope with cyberbullying. The research promotes any kind of family interaction, whether it’s eating breakfast together or talking on the drive in to school, can offer the support your child needs. And if you think your child is being cyberbullied follow our 18 tips to put a stop to cyberbullying.
And bring your family to the table with these family-friendly slow cooker recipes.
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