Cyber Bullying Causes Depression Among Adolescents

By Staff Writer

In today’s technology-driven world it has become even easier for bullies to reach their victims. Rather than waiting until school the next day, bullies can now send their victims a text message or post embarrassing information on their Facebook page.

A new report from National Institutes of Health researchers found that this type of bullying may have a profound impact on young people. The study indicated that victims of cyber-harassment are more likely to report feelings of depression than their tormentors, which represents a reversal of conventional wisdom on bullying.

Tonja Nansel, who led the investigation, said that many children bully their peers because they have low self-esteem and struggle with their own depression. However, cyberbullying is different.

“Unlike traditional bullying which usually involves a face-to-face confrontation, cyber victims may not see or identify their harasser; as such, cyber victims may be more likely to feel isolated, dehumanized or helpless at the time of the attack,” she said.

This makes victims of cyberbullying more likely to experience depression and low self-esteem, according to the report.