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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.