Cyberbullying causes depression, nightmares and anorexia, study says

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About 20% of children have witnessed others being bullied online, and sadly 7% of children have even participated in it.

In the digital age, everything happens online—even bullying. If you think it’s not as big a deal as other people make it out to be, think again.

According to a study conducted by Kaspersky Lab and iconKids & Youth, the threat of cyberbullying breeds serious physical and psychological repercussions.

In fact, according to the study, 37% of the victims of cyberbullying reported lower self-esteem, 30% saw a deterioration in their performance at school, and 28% cited depression.

Not only that, 25% of parents stated that cyberbullying had disrupted their child’s sleep patterns and caused nightmares (21%). Another 26% of parents noticed that their child had started avoiding contact with other children, and 20% discovered their child had anorexia.

About 20% of children have witnessed others being bullied online, and sadly 7% of children have even participated in it.

Perhaps the saddest part about this is that children often hide incidents of cyberbullying, making it harder for parents to protect their children.

Hard, but not impossible.

“In an effort to protect our children from danger, we mustn’t forget that they not only live in the real world but also in the virtual world, which is just as real to them,” said Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab.

He added: “Cyberbullying is one of the most dangerous things that can confront a child on the Internet, because it can have a negative impact on their psyche and cause problems for the rest of their lives.

“The best solution in this case is to talk to your child and to use parental control software that can alert you to any suspicious changes to their social network page.”

Find out what you can do to prevent your child from being bullied online

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