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Cyberbullying Rampant Among High School Students

From the show: Healthy Children
Dr. Andrew Adesman, MD
Guest Bio
Guest Bio: Dr. Andrew Adesman, MD
Andrew Adesman 2012Dr. Adesman is Chief of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New Hyde Park, and Professor of Pediatrics at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Dr. Adesman received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his Residency in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He also completed a Fellowship in Child Development and Rehabilitation at the prestigious Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to Board certification in Pediatrics, Dr. Adesman is Board certified in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and also Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Adesman has authored many research and review articles on developmental disorders in children, and most recently, is the author of a new book focusing on common parenting myths, BabyFacts: The Truth about Your Child's Health from Newborn through Preschool. He also co-authored a book on adoptive parenting: Parenting Your Adopted Child: A Positive Approach to Building a Strong Family.

Dr. Adesman has been repeatedly included in the book, How To Find the Best Doctors: New York Metro Area and is repeatedly listed in New York Magazine's list of Best Doctors in New York.
Step into a class of 30 high school students and look around.

Five of them have been victims of electronic bullying, commonly known as "cyberbullying," in the past year.

What's more, 10 of those students spend three or more hours on an average school day playing video games or using a computer for something other than school work.

"Electronic bullying of high school students threatens the self-esteem, emotional well-being and social standing of youth at a very vulnerable stage of their development," said study author Andrew Adesman, MD, FAAP, Chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York.

"Although teenagers generally embrace being connected to the Web and each other 24/7, we must recognize that these new technologies carry with them the potential to traumatize youth in new and different ways."

Join Dr. Adesman as he discusses the dangers of cyberbullying and how you can protect your children.

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