How to Prevent it in Our School
Facts about cyberbullying
- Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. One in four has had it happen more than once.
- One in three teens has experienced cyber-threats online.
- Nine out of ten middle school students have had their feelings hurt online.
- About 75% have visited a website bashing another student.
- Four out of ten middle school students have had their password(s) stolen and changed by a bully who then locked them out of their own account or sent communications posing as them.
- The psychological and emotional outcomes of cyber bullying are similar to real-life bullying outcomes, except for the reality that with cyber bullying there is often no escape. School ends at 3 p.m., while the Internet is available all the time.
- Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.
- Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.
- About 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than four out of ten say it has happened more than once.
- 90% of victims will not inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.
- Cyber bullying has increased in recent years. In a national survey of 10-17 year olds, twice as many children indicated they had been victims and perpetrators.
These facts were taken from the website dosomething.org.
Definition of Bullying and Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
Questions to Consider
Do you think if they were talking face to face he would have said those things about her?
Why is it easier for us to say mean things when we are masked by a computer/phone/technology?