Teen depression and how social media can help or hurt
Recent news stories about cyberbullying, with kids running away, hurting others and even taking their own lives, points to a growing trend with often tragic results. According to a recent study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, 23 percent of teens report they are or have been the target of cyberbullying. Another 15 percent admitted to bullying someone else online. The researchers' review of 10 studies that explored the link between social media victimization and depression all showed — without exception — a significant correlation. Yes, cyberbullying undeniably can inflict serious wounds. But from my own family's personal experience, along with research, allowing a teen access to social media can also be a crucial part of recovery from depression and anxiety.
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