Digital Citizenship

Cyber Bullying

Facts about Cyber Bullying

  1. Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. One in four has had it happen more than once.
  2. One in three teens has experienced cyber-threats online.
  3. Nine out of ten middle school students have had their feelings hurt online.
  4. About 75% have visited a website bashing another student.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.
  8. Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.
  9. 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.
  10. 90% of victims will not inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.
  11. 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.

What to do if you are a victim of Cyber Bullying?

  • Tell an adult you trust: you deserve all the support you can get. It’s always good to talk to a parent but if you can’t - a school counselor or even your teacher will usually be able to help you

  • Save the evidence: with digital bullying the harassing messages can usually be captured, saved and shown to someone who can help, or they can be used as evidence. Keep copies of text messages, e-mails and online conversations, including relevant dates and times. It’s a good idea to print out copies

  • Treat others as you would like to be treated: be decent even to those you don’t really like. Don’t “lower yourself” to their level. Also, research shows that gossiping about and trash talking others increases your risk of being bullied

  • Block the bully: on your phone, e-mail or instant messaging program. If it is happening while in chat, leave the “room”

  • Get a new e-mail account and/or a new mobile phone number if necessary

  • Report the problem: social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace have links where you can report abuse. Use them!

Jigsaw: Assembly for 8 -10 year olds