The Effects Of Bullying On Mental Health And Safety Of Adolescents

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Bullying and Cyberbullying
Chaya Gitty Chopp
Daemen College

Abstract
The impact of bullying in all forms on the mental health and safety of adolescents is of particular interest, especially in the wake of new methods of bullying that victimize youths through technology: cyber bullying. Its significant link to internalizing difficulties can lead to depression and suicide. Given the ever increasing rate of accessibility to technology in both schools and homes, these findings underscore the importance of addressing cyber bullying, with respect to both research and intervention, as a unique phenomenon with equally unique challenges for students, parents, school administrators and researchers alike.

Keywords
Adolescents. Cyberbullying. Depression. Suicide.
Bullying and Cyberbullying
The act of bullying is a phenomenon that has been recognized for decades now, often scrutinized for whether it is a normal part of growing up or a threat toward children’s safety. A prevalent viewpoint is that bullying is “harmless” and “kids are just being kids,” which leads youth and adults to deny the serious nature of the problem. Bullying by definition is a subset of aggression that is characterized by a power imbalance in favor of perpetrators over victim’s intention to cause harm or distress and repetition of the behavior. While it may manifest in many different ways, bullying has recently been dichotomized into “traditional” versus “cyber” forms. The key distinguishing
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