Stories about: bullying

Cyberbullying: Detection and advocacy

Cyberbullying-leadCyberbullying is defined as “the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person.” According to 2016 data, approximately 34 percent of children have been bullied online or through mobile digital devices such as smartphones. Given the number of children and adolescents affected by cyberbullying, as well as the negative short- and long-term health effects on its victims, today’s clinicians must learn the signs of cyberbullying, how it affects their patients, and how to prevent and treat associated health outcomes. …Read More

Bullying of gay, lesbian and bisexual youth

Reports about bullying and victimization of sexual minority youth (that is, youth who are lesbian, gay or bisexual) have been circulating, especially in the media, but there has been little systematic research documenting the experiences of sexual minority youth over time. In a recent New England Journal of Medicine paper,  Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and colleagues report that tenth graders identified as sexual minorities in a longitudinal study were more likely than their peers to be bullied or victimized as early as fifth grade, and that this pattern continued into high school.

Schuster summarizes the team’s findings in this video:

Read more on Thriving about this study’s findings, their implications and what pediatricians can do to help.