Selkie, E. M., Fales, J. L., & Moreno, M. A. (2016, February). Cyberbullying Prevalence Among US Middle and High School–Aged Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Quality Assessment. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58, 125-133. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.09.026
Because of the physical and mental health concerns surrounding cyberbullying, the authors performed a systematic review in order to investigate prevalence of cyberbullying among U.S. middle and high schools. The claim is found in the last sentence of the first paragraph. However, it is not firmly stated and leaves some room for the uncertainties to be answered throughout the article’s research and analysis. This article explains how cyberbullying is much more dangerous than the traditional forms of peer aggression (face-to-face, gossiping, etc.). It also provides many statistics from their research regarding the extent cyberbullying has expanded in recent years.
“Youth who experience CB are more likely to complain of difficulty sleeping, recurrent abdominal pain, and frequent headaches. They are also more likely to endorse symptoms of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation compared with non-victimized peers” (Paragraph 1).
“Given the lack of consensus on the definition of CB, it may not be surprising that estimated prevalence rates of CB perpetration and victimization vary widely around the world.” (Paragraph 3).
“…the use of the Internet, cell phones and other technologies to bully, harass, threaten or embarrass someone has increased cybervictimization prevalence to be 31%” (Paragraph 22).