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Study says quarter of kids are victims of cyber bullying

Experts say cyber-bullying can have a long-lasting impact on a child

Cyber Bullying Study

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - New numbers say almost a quarter of kids are the victim of cyber bullying.

The study from the journal Pediatrics says girls are more likely to be cyber bullied than boys and relationship issues were the most common reason for the bullying.

With 95-percent of American teenagers having access to the Internet, cyber bullying is becoming the most common form of bullying. Local experts say cyber-bullying can have a long-lasting impact on a child.

"It's more devastating, because it doesn't go away. We have some evidence that when a child is bullied at school on a playground, that's a one-time incident that has a beginning and an end point. But with cyber bullying, that hurtful information, whether it's a verbal threat, it's a humiliation, it's a picture, it stays out there," said Gundersen Health System Child and Family Therapist Jeff Reiland.

Experts say kids who are cyber-bullied tend to keep it to themselves. That's why they recommend talking with your kids during family dinners to have a better idea of what's going on in their day-to-day life.

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