Cyber-bullying increases aggression in teenagers: Study

Bullying, whether face-to-face or online, hampers a child’s mental or cognitive growth drastically.

Cyber-bullying increases aggression in teenagers: Study

Bullying has become increasingly rampant across the world, with new stories doing the rounds every couple of days.

Since present times are all about the digital age, now online or cyber-bullying, as it is called, has started rearing its head as well.

A new study has come to light, which has found that the combined effect of both cyber-bullying and face-to-face bullying may give rise to aggression in teenagers.

The research team analysed adolescents between ages 10 and 17 on how they behaved after experiencing face-to-face bullying, cyber-bullying and both.

The results revealed that overall, 43 percent of the teens in the study reported having been the victim of face-to-face bullying, while seven percent reported that they experienced some form of cyber-bullying.

The teenagers who experienced both forms of victimisation, 38 percent showed aggressive behaviour, compared with 15 percent of those who were cyber-bullied and 4 percent of those were victims of face-to-face bullying.

“This phenomenon may lead to a vicious cycle whereby bullies create bullies out of those they victimize.”

The study was scheduled to be presented at the ongoing Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting in Baltimore in the US.