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Bullied Children More Likely to Consider or Attempt Suicide, Report Says

Health & Wellness  (tags: children, health, bullying, study, healthcare, investigation )

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Cyberbullying is even more correlated to a heightened risk of suicidal thoughts and actions, the report also said. An estimated 15 to 20 percent of adolescents are involved in bullying, either as a bully, a victim, or both.

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Jonathan Smithsonian (3)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 5:24 pm

pam w (139)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 8:50 pm
This should NOT be a surprise to ANYONE!

Sheri Schongold (7)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 10:01 pm
I am not surprised. Bullying in person hits a smaller audience and can sometimes be handled better, but cyberbullying is a massive audience and when one starts doing it, others will as well because, if they aren't know to the victim, they can have a good time at someone's expense and not feel bad about smearing the reputation of the victim and ruining his/her life. If they are cyberbullies and they don't know the victim, the don't have any conscience about doing it because they feel so great about being better than everyone else. If bullies, both live and cyber, aren't stopped and punished for their actions, why should they care if they hurt someone. It makes them king/queen and other will look up to them and the next thing you know, the whole "court" is doing it and life becomes so horrid that suicide is the only way out. Unfortunately, even if they do take their own life, the bullying doesn't stop, they just go on line and say that the victim got what they deserved and continue to smear the victims life.

Colin Hope (243)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 4:45 am
Bullying adds scars for life!!

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 4:45 am
When my children were living at home, they were MY responsibility until they reached 18. My husband and I very much were in agreement about various child rearing matters and one was to limit TV. We had a boy and girl and each child was allowed a 1/2 hour for a TV program, before or after homework on a school night. Each could look at the others selection if they wanted. If watching TV before homework caused an issue for them, then TV was taken away until homework was finished. The rest of the time they played board games, read a book, listened to music, rode their bikes, or developed skills with balls of some type.

I think the computer is a wonderful tool for helping with homework, looking up information, but I'd have a block on FB and other websites that I didn't feel were suitable. There real friends they can call on the telephone or meet after school and play those board games and ride bikes with. A computer should be in the center room so the parents can observe what is being done on it. Certainly those who use the computer need to be civil and to be respectful......BUT obviously this isn't happening by all people. Therefore it is PARAMOUNT that the parents protect their children the best they can and Teachers need to spend some time informing students of what to do to protect themselves and how to report cyber bullying.

Technology can be a wonderful thing but I'm finding that the adults are failing in protecting their children by this assumption that because our children grasp the skills quicker on the computer that they are somehow better in their social skills. They are not. Society needs to do a better job in many areas but the failure to control what is going on within our own reach is not to be overlooked. Grandparents, it is up to you to speak out if you notice your children are not protecting their own children. We came from a different generation, but our teachings are needed more than ever in how to raise healthier children.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 5:50 am
Noted with sadness.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 8:33 am
I agree with Dandelion 100%, we raised our children this way as well. It is a shame what people have allowed to happen to their children now days. Such a shame

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 12:46 pm
Clearly, you don't need report on the subject,common sence is enough.

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 1:54 pm
I agree Nobody needed a report to state the Obvious.
IP providers should be allowed to give parents of the bullied & Police the address & identity of a cyber-bully or stalker and Prosecute them if they are not willing to Agologize in the same forum & in person for their actions. I'm assuming these teeny bopper type attackers are KNOWN to the child attacked & the child Should tell parents, but too many kids don't want to be "snitchs". Parents SHOULD be aware when something is Wrong, but don't always. When they DO find out, there HAS to be a way to deal with it.

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 1:57 pm
"An estimated 15 to 20 percent of adolescents are involved in bullying, either as a bully, a victim, or both." That seems really high to me - are people really getting THAT mean? Are FOX News hate-mongers really effecting that many? Bullies are usually raised to be that way..just a thought..maybe if we get a Neilson Rating list of FOX households we could require any with kids to get counciling?! ;)

Leanne B (46)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 3:03 pm
What a shame this news is. Thanks for the info.

Walter F (128)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 7:02 pm
Dandelion said it all .We always barred facebook and twitter.They're cyber rubbish .They are as necessary as third armpit.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 11:44 am
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