Cyber Bullying Today

Recently, we came across a list of statistics about Cyber Bullying. Often, reading about kids and cyber bullying can leave a person feeling depressed and sad. It can make you feel like social media is the “bad guy” and wish that you could take away every device from your child, even the computer he uses for school. But, this list, the most recent Project B3 has found, didn’t leave us feeling that way.

It made us feel like there is important, pressing work to be done with our youth both inside and outside of the classroom. It is going to take the cooperation of teachers, parents, communities and social media companies to help diminish the damage cyber bullying can do to a young person.

DoSomething.org came up with this list of

11 Facts About Cyber Bullying :

  1. About 37% of young people between the ages of 12 and 17 have been bullied online. 30% have had it happen more than once.
  2. 95% of teens in the U.S. are online, and the vast majority access the internet on their mobile device, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.
  3. 23% of students reported that they’ve said or done something mean or cruel to another person online. 27% reported that they’ve experienced the same from someone else.
  4. Girls are more likely than boys to be both victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying. 15% of teen girls have been the target of at least four different kinds of abusive online behaviors, compared with 6% of boys.
  5. About half of LGBTQ+ students experience online harassment — a rate higher than average.
  6. Instagram is the social media site where most young people report experiencing cyberbullying, with 42% of those surveyed experiencing harassment on the platform.
  7. Young people who experience cyberbullying are at a greater risk than those who don’t for both self-harm and suicidal behaviors.
  8. 83% of young people believe social media companies should be doing more to tackle cyberbullying on their platforms.
  9. 60% of young people have witnessed online bullying. Most do not intervene.
  10. Only 1 in 10 teen victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.
  11. 4 out of 5 students (81%) say they would be more likely to intervene in instances of cyberbullying if they could do it anonymously.

Project B3 was struck by two facts from this list. The first being that only 1 in 10 victims will actually speak to a trusted adult about being abused online. As parents and caregivers we need to ask the tough questions and look for signs and signals that something may be going on with our child. The second was that 60% of young people will witness online bullying, but not intervene. Again, as parents, teachers and caregivers, we need to empower them to speak up for one another and be “upstanders” instead of bystanders to cyber bullying.

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