What are the harmful consequences of cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying may lead to emotional distress, depression, school violence, and school avoidance. Many youth who are involved in bullying -- either engaged in aggression or victimized by it -- often have emotional and social difficulties already. A child's decision to commit suicide is rare and is the result of many factors, however, sometimes cyberbullying may be a trigger.
If your child is being targeted, find a variety of ways for your child to receive ongoing emotional support from family members, supportive friends, school counselors, or other services. Encourage and help your child get involved in activities that support his or her interests.
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