New research by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health suggests that female teenagers are noticeably more likely to engage in cyber bullying than their male counterparts. Of the 2,000 Ontario school children surveyed, teen girls were also more likely to report cyber bullying to parents and school administrators. Girls generally spread rumors as a means to cyber bully, whereas boys use cruel pictures or videos to hurt others. Sadly, the center also learned that victims of cyber bullying were practically twice as likely to have attempted suicide compared to their classmates who have not experience online harassment, a phenomenon now referred to as “cyberbullicide.”
We know that social networks and text messages have become breeding grounds for dangerous cyber bullies. For this reason, parents (especially of teen girls) need to connect more with their children on a daily basis and take an active role in monitoring their child’s online and cell phone activities.
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