Cyberbullying

By: Vanessa Ammons

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.

Facts:

  • Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online, 1 in 4 had it happen more than once.
  • 70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online.
  • Over 80% of teens use a phone regularly which puts them more at a range for online bullies.
  • 68% of teens agree that cyberbullying is a serious problem.
  • 81% of teens feel like bullying online is easier to get away with.

Cyberbullying Statistics:

  • Have been cyberbullied- 15.0%
  • Rumors Online- 19.4%
  • Mean or hurtful comments about them- 12.8%
  • Threatened through a text- 10.1%
  • Threatened Online- 8.3%
  • Fake accounts of me- 6.4%
  • Hurtful pictures of me posted online- 4.6%
  • Been cyberbullied more than once- 21.0%

Prevention

  • Block the bully
  • Don't be a bully
  • Be civil
  • Be a friend, not a bystander
  • Talk to a trusted adult
  • Save the evidence
  • Don't retaliate
  • Don't respond back

Cyberbullying Examples

  • Cyberstalking- sending messages to frighten someone
  • Humiliation- spreading rumors and hearsay
  • Harassing- sending threatening messages to another person
  • Impersonating- making a false profile of someone else to humiliate them
  • Flaming- using explicit language to start a fight with somebody
  • Text messaging- tormenting through a text
  • Password theft- locking someone out of their account by changing their password
  • Web site creating- making pages to embarrass someone
  • Use of photos- posting inappropriate or embarrassing photos of someone else
  • PC Attacks- putting viruses or spyware into someone else's PC.
  • Proxy attacks- using more than 1 person (a group) to attack an individual person.