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Digital self-harm on the rise among students, study finds

Shawna De La Rosa, K-12 Dive |

Digital self-harm, in which students cyberbully themselves by posting anonymously negative comments or memes in response to their own posts, is on the rise, District Administration reports. 

A study using data from the 2019 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey shows one in 10 middle and high school students in Florida have committed digital self-harm in the past year, with a history of being bullied considered a gateway to the act.

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More than a third of middle and high school students report they have been cyberbullied, according to 2019 data from the Cyberbullying Research Center. 

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