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Links Between Cyberbullying, Self-Harm And Suicide Discovered In New Study

The study of over 150,000 under 25s from 30 different countries was undertaken in the U.K. by Swansea University. If you are affected by cyberbullying or online abuse, follow the links throughout this article to our various support services.

A recent international study carried out by the University of Swansea in the U.K. has indicated that young people who fall victim to cyberbullying are up to twice as likely to self-harm and/or attempt suicide than those who have not been victims. Researchers examined previous and existing studies with the purpose of discovering a link between cyberbullying, self-harm and suicide with young internet users.

To get the most targeted result, they gathered information from more than 150,000 under 25s in 30 different countries. They also used previous studies that stretched over the course of a 21 year period.

“Prevention of cyberbullying should be included in school anti-bullying policies, alongside broader concepts such as digital citizenship, online peer support for victims, how an electronic bystander might appropriately intervene; and more specific interventions such as how to contact mobile phone companies and internet service providers to block, educate, or identify users.”

Professor Ann John, Swansea University Medical School

The university concluded the study by indicating that as well as victims of cyberbullying being at greater risk of self-harm or thoughts of suicide than non-victims – people who bully online are more likely to have suicidal thoughts or attempt suicide when compared to people who don’t cyberbully others.

“Policy makers and schools should prioritize the inclusion of cyberbullying involvement in programs to prevent traditional bullying. Types of cyberbullying involvement, frequency, and gender should be assessed in future studies.”

Professor Ann John, Swansea University Medical School

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