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Cyberbullying

Elizabeth Janopaul-Naylor, MD and Edward Feller, MD, FACP, FACG Reviewed 06/2018
 


BASICS

DESCRIPTION

  • Cyberbullying or online aggression: behavior via electronic or digital media that communicates hostile or aggressive messages intended to harm or discomfort others; includes threats,...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

  • Avoiding computers, cell phones, and other devices

  • Stress when receiving electronic communications

  • Avoiding conversations about computer use

  • Emotional or peer problems; feeling unsafe at...

TREATMENT

GENERAL MEASURES

  • Recommendations to physicians

    • Screening for cyberbullying should be included in adolescent mental health assessment: “Have you ever received, sent, or seen messages on the Int...

ONGOING CARE

FOLLOW-UP RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Screen for cyberbullying at medical visits.

  • Discuss efficacy of online privacy measures.

  • Screen for traditional forms of bullying.

  • Consider psychiatric referral.

Patient Monitoring

REFERENCES

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Coyne I, Farley S, Axtell C, et al. Understanding the relationship between experiencing workplace cyberbullying, employee mental strain and job satisfaction: a dysempowerment approach. Int...

ADDITIONAL READING

  • Allison KR, Bussey K. Individual and collective moral influences on intervention in cyberbullying. Comput Human Behav.  2017;74:7–15.

  • Olweus D. School bullying: development and ...

CODES

ICD10

  • T74.32XA Child psychological abuse, confirmed, initial encounter

  • T74.31XA Adult psychological abuse, confirmed, initial encounter

  • T76.32XA Child psychological abuse, suspected, initial encoun...

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • Cyberbullying is anonymous, occurs anywhere anytime, may leave a permanent record, and occurs with or without witnesses, thus, more difficult to protect against; parents are unaware of...

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