Online ridicule can increase suicidal thoughts in teens
Philadelphia: Research has shown that the most frightening effects of online or cyber bullying are on teenage boys and girls, who may even consider suicide.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) at the Children’s Hospital of the Lifespan Brain Institute in Philadelphia. Research has also shown that making fun online is more intense than making it offline.
According to research researcher Dr. Ren Barzley, teenage boys and girls spend a lot of time online and experience a variety of negative reactions. This leads to depression because they cannot react and lack guidance.
Depression and suicide are the second leading causes of death among children aged 10 to 24 in the United States, according to a 2018 study. Experts advise parents to keep a close eye on cyber or online bullying and to be aware of the stress, sadness and frustration of children living online.
Children and teens are more likely to stay online and screen time after being trapped in the home following the global epidemic, but they are also being harassed and ridiculed by their friends.
Similarly, on Facebook, Instagram and other platforms, teenagers are seen teasing and ridiculing each other through pictures, texts or memes. In this regard, from July 2018 to January 2021, 10,000 children in the United States aged 10 to 13 years were surveyed.
The answers to the research questionnaire showed that children who were ridiculed online had a 7.6 percent higher risk of suicidal ideation than others. In addition, the prevalence of general anxiety and depression was even higher.