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J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2011 Oct;49(10):36-41. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20110831-03. Epub 2011 Sep 16.

What is cyberbullying & how can psychiatric-mental health nurses recognize it?

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University of South Alabama, College of Nursing, Mobile, AL, USA. sgwilliams@usouthal.edu

Abstract

Cyberbullying is an emerging issue within our society, particularly among adolescents. The phenomenon is similar to traditional bullying in that it is hurtful, repetitive behavior involving a power imbalance, often causing psychosocial issues. With the availability of cell phones, Internet, and video gaming systems, adolescents are constantly plugged into technology and therefore at risk of being a victim or a perpetrator of cyberbullying. Both physical and mental health problems can result from cyberbullying, which, in turn, can affect an adolescent's performance in school and other crucial areas of life. Legal action is an option, but many times the law is not clear. Psychiatric-mental health nurses are in a position to help educate children about resources to prevent or cope with cyberbullying in a way that will help not only the patients themselves but also parents, teachers, school administrators, and the community.

PMID:
21919428
DOI:
10.3928/02793695-20110831-03
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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