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American Osteopathic Association Calls for Public Education on Cyberbullying

CHICAGO July 16, 2011

The AOA’s survey results showed that more than 52% of parents surveyed were concerned about cyberbullying. However, only one in seven had discussed this issue with their teenager’s physician.  This policy encourages osteopathic physicians (DOs) and parents of adolescent patients to have an open dialogue about cyberbullying and the lasting emotional damage that it can cause.

Joseph A. Giaimo, DO Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

The policy also called for public awareness efforts on cyberbullying through media advocacy that targets adults such as parents and guardians, educators and counselors.

Jennifer N. Caudle, DO, Little Rock, Ark.

"When a child is being harassed online as opposed to the physical bullying that many think of, there are no bruises or cuts that make it easy to recognize so adults need to look for other warning signs," says Dr. Caudle. "If a child or teen is suddenly withdrawn or depressed, or doesn’t want to spend time on their computer like they used to, this might indicate a cause for concern."

About the House of Delegates

The AOA’s House of Delegates, comprised of more than 500 delegates representing osteopathic state medical associations, specialty societies, interns, residents and students from throughout the country, meets annually in July to set organizational policies and elect new officers. 

About the American Osteopathic Association

www.osteopathic.org

SOURCE American Osteopathic Association

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