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Cyber-bullies 'more likely to attempt suicide'

The study suggests cyberbullies are 20% more likely to have suicidal thoughts than non-perpetrators. Photo: PA

A new study suggests that children who bully others over the internet are more likely to have suicidal thoughts or attempt suicide.

The findings, by UK researchers, including academics at Birmingham University, are based on a survey which measured the impact of cyberbullying on children and young people across 30 countries.

Cases of cyberbullying have increased with the growth of social media. Credit: PA

Cyberbullying is using electronic communication to bully another, such as by sending intimidating, threatening or unpleasant messages.

The researchers found that cyberbullies are around 20% more likely to have suicidal thoughts and to attempt suicide than non-perpetrators.

The people doing the bullying themselves have issues that cause them to act in that way, so it is unsurprising to see that the cyberbullies themselves, in turn, have these quite marked problems.

– Professor Paul Montgomery, Birmingham University