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Digital Parenting: 11 Facts About Cyberbullying

April 8, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Earlier today we published an article that demonstrates how parents can use cyberbullying facts and resources to protect kids and teens from cyberbullying dangers. View these facts to further educate yourself on the issue of cyberbullying. These statistics were originally published on DoSomething.org

“Cyberbullying” is defined as a young person tormenting, threatening, harassing, or embarrassing another young person using the Internet or other technologies, like cell phones. The psychological and emotional outcomes of cyberbullying are similar to those of real-life bullying. The difference is, real-life bullying often ends when school ends. For cyberbullying, there is no escape. And, it’s getting worse. Read on to get the facts.

1. Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once.

2. 70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online.

3. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyberbullying.

4. 68% of teens agree that cyberbullying is a serious problem.

5. 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person.

6. 90% of teens who have seen social-media bullying say they have ignored it. 84% have seen others tell cyberbullies to stop.

7. Only 1 in 10 victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.

8. Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying.

9. About 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out 10 say it has happened more than once.

10. Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide.

11. About 75% of students admit they have visited a website bashing another student.

With the widespread access of the Internet, social apps, and texting features available to kids, cyberbullying is likely to continue to invade our lives. Cyberbullying can have a variety of harmful short and long-term effects, including depression, isolation, lack of confidence, and suicidal thoughts. It is necessary for parents to arm themselves with as much information about cyberbullying as possible in order to know how to help kids. uKnow can provide parents with tools and resources that help prevent the multitude of dangers associated with cyberbullying. 

Check out the full article here.

Sources

Stop Cyber Bullying

Internet Safety 101

End Cyber Bullying

                      Internet Safety Resource Center                
Tim Woda

Written by Tim Woda

Tim Woda is an Internet safety expert, and a passionate advocate for empowering families and protecting children from today’s scariest digital dangers. Woda was on the founding team of buySAFE, an Internet trust and safety company, and he started working on child safety issues after his son was targeted by a child predator online. While his son was unharmed, the incident led Woda to kick-start uKnow.com. You can follow Tim on Twitter or on his blog.

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