Adolescent victims of cyberbullying have increasingly become their own perpetrators, a new study finds, and experts warn this form of “digital self-harm” is growing at alarming rates.

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University surveyed a nationally representative sample of 5,593 middle and high school students, finding that “self-cyberbullying” — when youth publish malicious content about themselves online — is on the rise.

A new study finds that the number of teens who self-cyberbully — post negative things about themselves online — is on the rise. (Photo by Andrik Langfield Petrides on Unsplash)
Much like other types of self-harm, the researchers believe such behavior represents a cry for help that has largely gone unheeded.

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