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Cyberbullying takes place online and is a form of violence, often against kids. It can cause lasting damage to victims, and should not be tolerated by anyone. It’s important to speak to children about cyberbullying and provide them a safe space to discuss any concerns openly.
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Below are several shocking stats on cyberbullying. All data that has been noted with a 1 is based on a nationally-representative sample of 4,972 U.S. middle and high school students (ages 12-17) in April 2019. Those noted with a 2 or 3 are a bit older.
- Cyberbullying is most common among adolescents and teens
- In 2019, adolescent girls were more likely to have experienced cyberbullying compared to adolescent boys (38.7% vs. 34.1%)1
- In 2019, girls were more likely to have someone spread rumors about them online, while boys were more likely to say that someone threatened to hurt them online1
- 16.1% of males said they had cyberbullied others while 13.4% of females have1 (both an increase from 2016 data)
- Approximately 36.5% of students have experienced cyberbullying in their lifetimes1
- In the previous 30 days, victims reported the following types of cyberbullying:1
- 24.9% mean or hurtful comments
- 22.2% rumors spread online
- 12% posted mean names or comments online with a sexual meaning
- 12.2% threatened to harm someone through a cell phone text
- 10.1% had someone pretend to be them online
- 9.5% posted mean names or comments online about someone’s race or color
- 14.8% of students have cyberbullied others (an increase from 2016 data)
- In the previous 30 days, cyberbullying offenders reported using the following types:1
- 9.3% posted mean or hurtful comments about someone online
- 4.0% pretended to be someone else online and acted in a way that was mean or hurtful to them
- 4.4% threatened to hurt someone through a cell phone text message
- 4.5% threatened to hurt someone while online
- More than 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyberbullying2
- 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person2
- 90% of teens who have seen social media bullying say they have ignored it2
- 9 in 10 victims will NOT inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse2
- Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide2
- About 75% of students have visited a website bashing another student2
- 66% of adults in the U.S. have witnessed online bullying3
- 41% of American adults reported experiencing online harassment3
While all states have criminal laws that can apply to bullying, not all specifically address electronic forms of bullying. The following states are the only ones that don’t expressly include electronic forms of harassment in their criminal laws:1
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- Washington D.C.
- Iowans rank second highest for experiencing hostile comments, but in the bottom three for the percentage of people claiming online harassment4
- Beverly, New Jersey is the chattiest city in the US (population 2,513), it is responsible for 150,151 comments by 114 authors (averaging 1,317 comments each)5
- 25% of posters have made at least one toxic comment5
- At 3am, 11% of comments are toxic5
- 9pm is the most talkative time, with an average of 10,971 comments5
Here’s a handy infographic which you can share to help create awareness for cyberbullying.
If you are the victim of cyberbullying, find an adult you are comfortable with and open up to them about it. Ask for help and don’t keep your feelings bottled up inside. Having someone to talk to about it can help you feel less alone, and you can create a plan to make it stop.
Parents, if you think your child is being cyberbullied, you may want to consider monitoring their phone and online activity. Learn more about cyberbullying, including its causes, possible consequences, and preventative measures you can take.
Have you or has someone you know been cyberbullied? Were you able to stop it?
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