Several teen suicides have been linked to cyberbullying, but the reality may be more complicated. According to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, cyberbullying is rarely the sole factor contributing to suicide. In cases where suicide is linked with cyberbullying, other factors exist, such as offline bullying and mental health issues, such as depression.
Bullying has negative repercussions, especially for kids who are struggling with a variety of issues. Unfortunately, both online and offline bullying is pretty prevalent, though suicide attempts are fairly rare. Certain types of social media — such as question sites that allow kids to pose questions anonymously — seem to attract destructive behavior.
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