Facts, Prevention, Reporting
- Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online.
- 68% of teens agree that cyber-bullying is a serious problem.
- Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide.
- About 75% of students admit they have visited a website bashing another student.
There are a number of ways to prevent cyber-bullying. Such ways include:
- Be aware of what kids are doing online.
- Establish rules about technology use.
- Understand school rules.
- Keep personal information personal.
If you or someone you know is a victim of cyber-bullying, you should:
- Not respond to and not forward cyber-bullying messages
- Keep all evidence of cyber-bullying, such as dates, times, and descriptions of incidents.
- Block the person who is cyber-bullying.
- Report cyber-bullying to online service providers.
- Report cyber-bullying to law enforcement.
- Report cyber-bullying to schools.
Additional Info: Myths
- It is believed that youth are more likely to be bullied online than in person, but face-to-face bullying is far more common.
- Cyber-bullying is often believed to only occur on social media sites, but can happen anywhere where young people can communicate.
- Some believe that youth that go online often are bullied the most, but most who go online are not bullied at all.