HOUSTON – Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, even more enjoyable. But for some of the youngest and most vulnerable users, it can have the opposite effect.
It can be used as a powerful weapon by bullies.
"What has happened in the area of cyberbullying -- now the internet has almost become like a loaded gun. If left out, unsupervised, it could have deadly consequences," psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Bober said.
A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that being bullied is related to having suicidal thoughts and committing suicide. Technology is adding fuel to the fire.
One mother, who asked not to be identified, found the latest form of cyberbullying on her stepson's cellphone. It's an app called Sarahah.
"It's not the kind of bullying we grew up with. It was apparently designed for peers to give constructive criticism to each other," she said.
But now anyone can download it and use it without identifying themselves. And the ability to hide behind the cloak of anonymity is causing an increase in attacks.