Teens are more connected to the Internet and social media than ever before. According to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center, 92% of teens go online daily and 24% of teens are online “almost constantly.” While increased online access can have many benefits, experts also caution about the health hazards of experiencing adolescence in the age of social media – including the risk of cyberbullying and its impact on teens’ health.
In a recent JAMA Pediatrics review of several studies about cyberbullying, the authors found that almost a quarter of adolescents (23%) have been cyberbullied. Among several different studies, there was a consistent link between being cyberbullied and being more likely to have depression.
For the past several years, adults have ranked bullying and Internet safety as two of the top health concerns facing children and teens today in the annual NPCH Top 10 Report. In 2014, 52% of adults listed bullying as a big problem for children and teens in the U.S. and 40% said Internet safety is a big problem. Read the full report: School violence, gun-related injuries in top 10 child health concerns in U.S.
What do you think?:
This year’s NPCH Top 10 Report will be published this summer! What do you think will be the top children’s health concerns this year? Share your thoughts and experience in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter!