Online Bullying: The Side of It You Don't Know

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A new study from Finland's Turku University found that -- no big surprise here -- teens ages 13 through 16 who had been victims of cyber bullying reported feeling emotionally distressed, trouble concentrating, headaches and stomach pains, as well as problems sleeping.

This all seems pretty obvious to us, but the zinger that caught our attention is that the people doing the bullying also reported many of the same symptoms as their victims, plus more like substance abuse and behavior problems. These findings show that people spreading hate cause just as much harm to themselves as their targets.

Three years ago, 34 percent of teens said they were victims of online attacks and 20 percent admitted to causing the problems. The National Crime Prevention Council also addresses another worrisome fact -- besides the physical symptoms associated with online bullying, the attacks eliminate the security that teens feel at home because they can come from anywhere and spread so quickly.
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