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We all know kids can be mean. But according to a new study, preteens and teens are more likely to get depressed when the words come through cyberbullying -- you know, the kind of bullying that's done over texts, emails or Facebook posts. The study's authors say it’s because cyber victims can’t see their harasser and sometimes don’t even know who it really is, since the messages can be sent anonymously. "Cyber victims may be more likely to feel isolated, dehumanized or helpless at the time of the attack," they wrote in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
The study also found that the attacker wasn’t likely to become depressed after writing something mean in cyberspace -- a big difference from in-person bullying, where both the attacker and the victim are just as likely to report feeling depressed.
It's sad to hear that technology makes it easy for kids to pick on others without feeling remorse. That's why it's so important we teach our kids to be kind both in person and over cyberspace -- somewhere many of us probably forget to address. I can't help but think, even though written words can be deleted from the screen, they're rarely deleted from the mind.
Have you had to deal with cyberbullying -- what did you do? Chime in below!