Cyber Bullying

A social endemic

What really is Cyber bullying?

Cyber bullying is bullying that incorporates technology to further enable harm or malicious intent onto others. Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Myspace, Kik, etc. These websites allow bullying to take place all day, everywhere.

Why Cyberbullying a social endemic?

Generally people who are cyber bullied are bullied in person as well.

  • Cyberbullying happens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is present everywhere.
  • Cyberbullying is very prevalent because people can be anonymous therefore they lack ramification.
  • Uploading images or messages is irreversible therefore enabling altercations such as blackmailing, drama, rejection from opportunities, and so forth.

What Cyber bullying enables

Cyber bullying can lead to

  • a lack of confidence
  • depression
  • suicide
  • substance abuse
  • social anxiety
  • unwillingness to attend school,
  • lower grades

Statistics on Cyber bullying

The 2010-2011 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicates that 9% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.

The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey finds that 15% of high school students (grades 9-12) were electronically bullied in the past year.

Research on cyberbullying is growing. However, because kids’ technology use changes rapidly, it is difficult to design surveys that accurately capture trends.

Where to obtain guidance

  • Cyberbully Hotline: 1-800-420-1479
  • Someone you trust:
  • Friends
  • Counselor
  • Parents