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Article: Exploring the relationship between cyberbullying and unnatural child death: an ecological study of twenty-four European countries

TitleExploring the relationship between cyberbullying and unnatural child death: an ecological study of twenty-four European countries
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Issue Date2014
PublisherBioMed Central. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpediatr/
Citation
BMC Pediatrics, 2014, v. 14, p. 195 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground Internet risk has been recognized as a child safety problem, but evidence is insufficient to conclude that a child's online risk exposure can lead to physical harm. This study aims to explore the ecological relationship between Internet risk exposure and unnatural child death. Methods Multiple secondary data sources were used: online exposure to content about self-harm, cyberbullying, and Internet addiction data (EU Kids Online survey, 2010); and mortality data (European Detailed Mortality Database, 2010 or the latest year if not available) of 24 European countries. Correlations were found using quasi-Poisson regression. Countries' prevalence rates of psychiatric problems (European Social Survey Round 3 and 6, 2006 and 2012) were used to test for possible spuriousness. Results This study finds that countries with higher rates of cyberbullying were more likely to have a higher incidence of unnatural child death. A 1 percent rise in the prevalence of cyberbullying translated into a 28% increase in risk of unnatural child death (95% CI: 2%-57%). No evidence was found to substantiate confounding effect of the national prevalence of depressive symptoms or traditional bullying. Conclusions Explanations are given for the findings. We conclude that intervention programs designed to serve as precautionary measures for risk minimisation should be considered.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/203272
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dc.contributor.authorFu, KWen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, CHen_US
dc.contributor.authorIp, Pen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-19T13:51:18Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-19T13:51:18Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationBMC Pediatrics, 2014, v. 14, p. 195en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/203272-
dc.description.abstractBackground Internet risk has been recognized as a child safety problem, but evidence is insufficient to conclude that a child's online risk exposure can lead to physical harm. This study aims to explore the ecological relationship between Internet risk exposure and unnatural child death. Methods Multiple secondary data sources were used: online exposure to content about self-harm, cyberbullying, and Internet addiction data (EU Kids Online survey, 2010); and mortality data (European Detailed Mortality Database, 2010 or the latest year if not available) of 24 European countries. Correlations were found using quasi-Poisson regression. Countries' prevalence rates of psychiatric problems (European Social Survey Round 3 and 6, 2006 and 2012) were used to test for possible spuriousness. Results This study finds that countries with higher rates of cyberbullying were more likely to have a higher incidence of unnatural child death. A 1 percent rise in the prevalence of cyberbullying translated into a 28% increase in risk of unnatural child death (95% CI: 2%-57%). No evidence was found to substantiate confounding effect of the national prevalence of depressive symptoms or traditional bullying. Conclusions Explanations are given for the findings. We conclude that intervention programs designed to serve as precautionary measures for risk minimisation should be considered.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherBioMed Central. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpediatr/en_US
dc.relation.ispartofBMC Pediatricsen_US
dc.rightsBMC Pediatrics. Copyright © BioMed Central.en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleExploring the relationship between cyberbullying and unnatural child death: an ecological study of twenty-four European countriesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailFu, KW: kwfu@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailIp, P: patricip@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.authorityIp, P=rp01337en_US
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1471-2431-14-195en_US
dc.identifier.pmid25079144-
dc.identifier.hkuros236043en_US
dc.identifier.volume14en_US
dc.identifier.spage195en_US
dc.identifier.epage195en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000340918400001-

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