As researchers have found that cyberbullying amplifyies symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in young people, health experts here also stressed that in some cases it can be far more horrifying than physical bullying.According to the experts, cyberbullying is when a child, teen or youngster becomes a target of actions by others using computers, cellphones or other devices that are intended to embarrass, humiliate, torment, threaten or harass.
The study of 50 adolescent psychiatric inpatients aged 13 to 17 examined the prevalence of cyberbullying and related it to social media usage, current levels of symptoms and histories of adverse early life experience. Conducted from september 2016 to april 2017, the research team asked participants to complete two childhood trauma questionnaires and a cyberbullying questionnaire.
Twenty per cent of participants reported that they had been cyberbullied within the last two months before their admission. According to the researchers, half of the participants were bullied by text messages and half on Facebook.