Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying

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

Statistics

  • 45% of people experience bullying by the age of 18.
  • 36% of young people aged 8 to 22 are worried about being bullied at school, college, or university.
  • 38% believe their school, college, or university doesn't take bullying seriously.

Facts

  • 7 in 10 people aged 13-22 have been a victim of cyberbullying
  • Those who have been bullied are more than twice as likely to have trouble keeping a job compared to those not involved in bullying.
  • People who have been bullied are over six times more likely to develop a psychiatric disorder compared to those not involved in bullying.

Prevention

  • Encourage your friends to tell you immediately if they, or someone they know, is being cyberbullied.
  • Block whomever is cyberbullying you.
  • Never open unidentified or unsolicited messages.
  • Raise awareness.
  • Don't take part in any cyberbullying yourself.

Reporting

  • Do not respond to or forward the bullying messages.
  • Screenshot the message and record the date and time it was sent.
  • Don't be ashamed to tell a friend, parent, or other trusted adult.
  • Report to authorities if there are threats of violence.