Cyberbullying can lead to post-traumatic stress in a third of victims



Cyberbullying can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder with more than a third of victims facing ‘similar levels as people caught up in a terror attack’, a first-of-its-kind study has found. Targets faced intrusive, repetitive thoughts and flashbacks as a result of online bullying, as well as avoidance behaviours such as refusing to talk about an experience or evading certain people and places. This led them to suggest that asking children about cyberbullying should become a routine part of any children’s mental or psychological assessment.Cyberbulying prevalence among teenagers is thought to be between 10 and 40 per cent.  Victims of cyberbullying face intrusive, repetitive thoughts and flashbacks a study by researchers at King’s College London has found. (Stock image)In the study, published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, researchers handed questionnaires to 2,218 pupils aged 11 to 19 that were attending four secondary schools in London.They were asked what type o …

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