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Cyberbullies Have Real World Allies

By Todd Neale, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Teen suicides tied to cyberbullying usually stem from real-world harassment as well, an analysis of news stories showed.

Of 41 cyberbullying-related suicides covered in the news since 2003, the victims were subjected to both online and in-person abuse in 78%, according to John LeBlanc, MD, of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Another 17% involved cyberbullying only and 5% involved traditional in-person bullying only, he reported at the American Academy of Pediatrics meeting here.

“We’ve always suspected that there is a cumulative factor between cyberbullying and traditional bullying,” commented Gwenn O’Keeffe, MD, a pediatrician who heads Pediatrics Now, a health and communications company.

via Cyberbullies Have Real World Allies.


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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