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10% of kids in study reported they have experienced cyber-bullying

10% of kids in study reported they have experienced cyber-bullying (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - If Santa delivered a new cell phone to your home this year, there is an important warning from child health specialists.

There is a new report that says children with cell phones are more likely to be cyber-bullied.

So, if your child received a cell phone as a gift this holiday season, you may want to talk to them about a few things before they become a potential problem.

According to the new study that was recently presented to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if your child is between the ages of eight and eleven, having a cell phone could put them at an increased risk for cyber-bullying.

Specialists at the Cleveland Clinic say the study included information from more than 4,000 students between third and fifth grade.

Researchers found that around ten percent of the children reported being a victim of cyber-bullying.

Those in third and fourth grade who owned a cell phone were the most likely to be bullied because of the increased opportunity to access things like social media and text messaging.

Since there certainly are good things about having a cell phone it's suggested parents just be aware of the right time to give a phone and if a child becomes more isolated, spends too much time on their devices or even school grades change, these may be early warning signs something is wrong.

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