Digital Parenting: 11 Facts About Cyberbullying

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.

11 facts about cyberbullying

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. 

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Stop Cyber Bullying

Internet Safety 101

End Cyber Bullying

                                 
 
[THIS BLOG POST WAS UPDATED ON 7/22/2019]
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