Effects of Cyberbullying

BY: EGI KICA

Is your child a victim of cyber-bullying?

Many children are victims of cyber-bullying and when their parents find out, it may be too late to help them get through the pain and depression. Below are statistics, stories, and ways for parents to help figure out if their child is a victim of cyber-bullying and ways that they can help them.

Statistics on Cyber-bullying

Some statistics on cyber-bullying that were reported by the Harford County Examiner are:


  • Around half of teens have been victims of cyber-bullying.
  • Only 1 in 10 teens tell a parent if they have been a victim of cyber-bullying.
  • Fewer than 1 in 5 cyber-bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement.
  • 1 in 10 adolescents or teens have had embarrassing pictures taken of themselves without permission; then were posted online. (Cyber Bullying Statistics)



***About 1 in 5 teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others.*** (Cyber Bullying Statistics)


Sometimes it isn't just the bullies fault because it can also be the victims fault by taking a inappropriate picture and sending the pictures for others to see. Basically, your child should be careful of what they do and send; whether it be through text or through social media.

Cyber-Bullying is Worse than Ever

Many years ago, bullying incidents were limited to whoever was there to see it. Some friends may have called their friends after school to talk about it but now it's on social media, for everyone to discuss and see. With all this technology and social media in our everyday lives, anyone around the world can see and observe what we do and say online.


One incident of cyber-bullying took a young mans life:

Fearing for her safety, the mother of a 13-year-old Bluffton girl called authorities last month when she found comments threatening her daughter on the teen's Facebook page. The threats were made by a group of students at H.E. McCracken Middle School in Bluffton, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report. The girl's mother told deputies Oct. 18 it wasn't the first time her daughter had received such threats. A few days earlier, two 13-year-old students at Hilton Head Island Middle School were charged with third-degree assault and battery and disturbing schools, both misdemeanors, when they got into a fistfight in the hall. The fight was caused by comments other students posted about the two girls on Facebook, according to a sheriff's report. (Foss, Cassie, and Kate Cerve.)

Teens have been bullying and gossiping about each other for generations. But in recent years, social networking websites, cell phones and other technology have allowed them to harass their peers in new ways, experts say. (Foss, Cassie, and Kate Cerve.)


Cyber-bullying is worse than traditional bullying because since we have a world full of technology, your child could be bullied 24 hours, 7 days a week without you knowing it and it's out there for the whole world to see. As for, traditional bullying that would only happen in school because after school the only way for the bully to attack you was by coming to your house or if they saw you outside by yourself.

Preventing your child from social media

Some ways that you can prevent your child from cyber-bullying are:


  • Check for changes in behavior
  • Talk to them; have conversations
  • Try to get them to tell you what's wrong
  • Ask them how they're doing everyday
  • Check their social media accounts/profiles


"You never know when it gets to a point where a student may need some kind of counseling, or a child's parent may not even know it's happening," he said. "We need to be aware of any bullying, online or otherwise, going on so we can get to the bottom of it and stop it before it becomes a serious problem." Credit: The Beaufort Gazette, S.C.


Overall, the key to preventing your child from cyber-bullying is making sure that they aren't feeling upset or if they stop hanging out with their friends or stop doing their normal routines. If any of those stop, then something may be affecting your child.

If your child has been a victim of cyber-bullying...

Here's a hotline to call:

National Suicide Hotline
800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
800-442-HOPE (4673)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

Works Cited

"Cyber Bullying Statistics." - Bullying Statistics. Stop Bullying, Harassment, and Anti-Bully in School/Work., 2013. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.


Foss, Cassie, and Kate Cerve. "Is Your Child a Victim of Cyberbullying?." McClatchy - Tribune Business News. 07 Nov. 2010: N.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.


Uhls, Yalda T. "Cyberbullying Has a Broader Impact than Traditional Bullying."Cyberbullying. Ed. Louise I. Gerdes. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2012. At Issue. Rpt. from "Is Bullying Going Digital? Cyber Bullying Facts."PsychologyinAction.org. 2010. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.



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