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The Health Risks of Cyberbullying in College

The Health Risks of Cyberbullying in College

Source: CNN

Infamous quotes from famous cases of teenage cyberbullying, each ending tragically with the victim taking her life. Heartbreaking cases like these galvanized research and today much more is known about the damaging effects of cyberbullying among middle and high school students -- including an increased risk for depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, hostility and delinquency. What about college students? After all, they're the most frequent users of digital technology and social media sites. Will their increased maturity and experience keep them safe? Not so much, according to a new study from the University of Washington. Questioning 265 girls enrolled in four colleges, researchers found college-age females just as likely to suffer the negative effects of cyberbullying as younger adolescents. "That's a jump off the page," said study co-author Dr. Megan Moreno. "This is the type of bullying that is going beyond those childhood and adolescent years and into young adulthood."

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