The harsh realities of online harassment.
What We Know
- According to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, at least 15% of high school students were electronically bullied in 2013.
- 70% of students reported seeing bullying online (DoSomething.org).
- Girls are twice as likely to be victims of cyberbullying, as well as perpetrators (NoBullying.com).
- Only 1/10 of victims will inform a trusted adult of the abuse (NoBullying.com).
So, What Can We Do About It?
One possible solution to this growing trend would be making today's youth aware of the dangers of cyberbullying from a young age. By drawing attention to cyberbullying, we would be able to shoot down the problem before it becomes an issue.
Another possible solution would be to monitor teenager's usage of the internet in order to be aware of any possible bullying, whether it being done by them or to them. Though this may not be the most popular solution among teens, keeping a close eye on internet behavior is a small price to pay in order to potentially save lives.
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