Cyber Bullying Statistics and Trends
Cyberbullying is considered a form a bullying that transpires with electronic technology. This can include text messages, emails, and social media sites. Bullying can take any form from sharing embarrassing photos, videos, websites, or creating fake profiles. The impact and effects of cyber bullying can result in anxiety, depression, and even suicide among teens.
10 Cyber Bullying Statistics
According to the PEW Internet and American Life Survey, the following cyber bullying statistics resulted.
1. Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online. This same number of individuals have engaged in cyber bullying.
2. More than one third of young people have experienced a cyberthreat online.
3. One in every four teens have been bullied repeatedly.
4. More than half of teens do not tell their parents when cyber bullying is occurring.
5. Fewer than one fifth of cyber bullying incidents have been reported to law enforcement.
6. Girls are more likely than boys to be cyber bullied.
7. One in ever give teens have posted a sexually suggestive photo of themselves to others.
8. Cyber bulling affects young adults of all ages.
9. Victims of cyber bullying are more likely to have low self esteem and consider suicide.
10. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly making it the most chosen form of media to cyber bully.
What Parents Can Do
The following video outlines ways parents can contribute to lessening the impact and negative effects of cyber bullying. Being involved and monitoring your child’s activities can help to increase a parents awareness in a situation.
Parent’s Involvement in Cyber Bullying
Based on the American Osteopathic Association, parent’s involvement with cyber bullying are outlined below.
11. 7% of parents in the United States worry about cyber bulling even though 33% of teenagers have been victims of it.
12. 85% of parents with children 13-17 reported their children having a social media account.
13. 52% of parents worry their child will be bullied on a social media site.
14. 1 in every 6 parents know their child has been bullied via a social network site.
15. 1 million children were subject to cyber bullying on Facebook last year.
Reasons for Cyber Bullying
Based on the Teen Online & Wireless Safety Survey, the following statistics illustrate the reasoning’s behind teens engaging in cyber bullying.
To get back at someone – 58%
They deserved it – 58%
For fun or entertainment – 28%
To embarrass them – 21%
Something else – 16%
To be mean – 14%
To show off to friends – 11%
Top 5 States for Bullying
As per the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the following states are ranked the highest on the level of bullying that occurs.
2. New York
Guide to Cyber Bullying
The following infographic lists the different types of cyber bullying and statistics of how it can impact today’s youth. Tips on what parents can do to become more involved can help to contribute to decreasing the emotional and physical harm that can result from cyber bullying.