Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among children ages 10-18, according to CDC ( Change Data Capture) data. Young victims of cyberbullying are twice as likely to attempt suicide and self-harm, according to this study. Experts said a negative comment or a screenshot or video that goes viral can weigh just as heavy on a teen’s emotional well-being as an adult’s who loses a job.They said it’s because teens lack life experience.
“Kids don’t see the future like adults do, so when they’re miserable they think they’re going to always be miserable,” said Children’s Health psychiatrist and University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Betsy Kennard.
While face-to-face bullying is also hurtful and unacceptable, cyberbullying is many times more dangerous because being cyber it spreads its venom many times faster. The cyberworld enables many bullies to remain anonymous behind the safety of their own screens, thus making it so easy for anyone to “hate back” and continue the verbal diarrhea all over the social media platforms.