Kids with cellphones at higher risk of cyber bullying

BOSTON: Parents, take note! Children who own cell phones are more likely to fall prey to cyberbullying, a study warns.

Researchers collected survey data on 4,584 students in grades 3, 4 and 5 between 2014 and 2016.

They found that overall, 9.5 per cent of children reported being a victim of cyberbullying.

Children who owned cell phones were significantly more likely to report being a victim of cyberbullying, especially in grades 3 and 4, researchers said. ..

They noted that cell phone owners in grades three and four were more likely to report being a victim of cyberbullying. Across all three grades, more cell phone owners admitted they have been a cyberbully themselves.

The increased risk of cyberbullying related to phone ownership could be tied to increased opportunity and vulnerability, researchers said.
Continuous access to social media and texting increases online interactions, provides more opportunities to engage both posit.