Harvard Mental Health Letter

Protecting youths from online harassment

Cyberbullying and sexting are among the risks to be aware of.

It's no secret that children and teenagers are spending a tremendous amount of time online. Popular digital communities include social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and virtual worlds and gaming sites such as Club Penguin and Second Life.

According to one poll, more than half of youths log on to some type of social media site at least once a day. Roughly one in four logs on to such sites at least 10 times a day.

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