Cyberbullying

It affects more people than you may think...

“Cyber bullying” is defined as a young person tormenting, threatening, harassing, or embarrassing another young person using the internet or other technologies, like cellphones.

Facts:
- Adolescent girls are just as likely, if not more likely than boys to experience cyberbullying
- Cyberbullying is related to low self-esteem, suicidal idealization, anger, frustration, and a variety of other emotional and psychological problems
- Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide.
- Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying.
- The psychological and emotional outcomes of cyberbullying are similar to those of real-life bullying. The difference is, real-life bullying often ends when school ends. For cyberbullying, there is no escape. And it’s getting worse.

Statistics:
  1. Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once.
  2. 70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online.
  3. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.
  4. 68% of teens agree that cyber bullying is a serious problem.
  5. 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person.

  1. 90% of teens who have seen social-media bullying say they have ignored it. 84% have seen others tell cyber bullies to stop.
  2. Only 1 in 10 victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.
  3. Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.
  4. About 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out 10 say it has happened more than once.
  5. Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide.
  6. About 75% of students admit they have visited a website bashing another student.

Prevention

- Parents should get more involved on what their teen is doing online.
- Make the most of privacy settings.
- Make sure you know who you adding online.
- Think before you post.
- Keep personal information personal.
- Educate yourself.
- Educate others.
- Speak out.

Reporting

When reporting cyberbullying, it is important to document and report behavior so that it can be addressed.
- Report Cyberbullying to Online Service Providers
- Report Cyberbullying to Law Enforcement
- Report Cyberbullying to Schools

On this website there are many different links to many different websites showing you where to go and how to address and report cyberbullying that is happening on those sites.

http://cyberbullying.org/report/