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Cyber bullying is detrimental in adolescent development

Consider how often you use the Internet or a cell phone. Over the last decade, technology has become ingrained in our daily lives, changing the way we work, communicate, and seek information or entertainment. At schools across the country, many students are accessorized with the latest cell phones and iPods. Children are especially tech-savvy, having grown up alongside computers, the Internet, and cell phones and many connect with friends several times a day through email, text messages, Web sites, or instant messaging. But along with the convenience and communication that these high-tech innovations provide, the potential for negative experiences has also emerged. Often, the parent-adolescent relationship is the one relationship that informs how a young person handles other relationships. Unfortunately, adolescents sometimes develop unhealthy relationships, and experience or exhibit bullying or dating violence. Friendships play a major role in the lives of adolescents. A circle of caring and supportive friends can have a positive influence on healthy development, and the absence of caring and respectful friends can have negative effects. Parents, teachers and other adult role models can help young people learn how to make and keep good friends. Still, forming and maintaining friendships during adolescence can be challenging. Peer pressure—good and bad—often affects decisions young people make. Adults can set good examples, teach interpersonal skills and help adolescents nurture positive friendships. One important lesson is that friends can say "no" to each other and remain friends. Cyber web has its negative effects can lead to bullying (online and offline), suicide and search for personal identity. Consider how often you use the Internet or a cell phone. Over the last decade, technology has…...

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