Family dinners reduce effects of cyberbullying

September 1, 2014 8:49 PM

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“One in five adolescents experience cyberbullying,” says Elgar, who is also a researcher at the Douglas Mental Health Institute, “Many adolescents use social media, and online harassment and abuse are difficult for parents and educators to monitor, so it is critical to identify protective factors for youths who are exposed to cyberbullying.”

The study, published today in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, examined the role of frequent family meals in reducing the impacts of online bullying on adolescent mental health. The researchers surveyed 20,385 adolescents in the state of Wisconsin. They measured exposures to cyberbullying and traditiona...

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