What Does Cyberbullying Look Like in 2020?

A Quick Look…
(Source: techjury.net)

  • 34% of kids in the US have experienced cyberbullying at least once
  • Global cyberbullying awareness is at 75%
  • 210 out of 1000 victims of bullying are high school girls with a different skin color
  • 42% of LGBTQ+ youth have experienced cyberbullying
  • 33% of young respondents have sent explicit images or text to someone else at least once
  • 66% of female victims have feelings of powerlessness because of cyberbullyingThe term cyberbully and cyberbullying is no longer a new term in 2020. It is now a word we are all familiar with. Many of us may have personal experience with cyberbullying in one way or another.  Maybe we have have been victims ourselves or have a child that has been tormented at school. We may know of someone who has a story they’ve told that made cyberbullying really hit close to home. Cyberbullying stories are common not just the in the local, but also the national news.As a researcher and blog writer for Project B3, I often see reports of the numbers of cyberbullying cases dropping, which leads people to believe that cyberbullying is no longer a relevant issue. But that is not the case. It simply means, that people of all ages, are just becoming less and less likely to report it. It does not mean the problem or issue is going away.Project B3 thought it would be a good time to look into some stats on what cyberbullying looks like in 2020:

    1. Online bullying among US teenagers often includes offensive name calling (42%), spreading false rumors (32%) and receiving unwanted explicit images (25%).
    (Source: Statista)

    2. Children are also increasingly aware of the dangers of cyberbullying. 68% of US respondents confirm they are sharing less personal information online than before.
    (Source: ReportLinker)
    *This is good news! #BeSmart

    3. Social media cyberbullying is most prevalent in Instagram (42%), followed by Facebook (37%) and Snapchat (31%).
    (Source: DitchTheLabel)

    4. Victim stats suggest women are most vulnerable on Facebook (57%). Other high-risk social platforms are Facebook Messenger (23%) and Instagram (10%).
    (Source: Statista)

    *An interesting take on this report is the growing number of females that experience online abuse through streaming solutions such as Youtube and Twitch.

    5.Over 80% of children own a mobile phone and have multiple social network accounts. 57% of them admit they have seen or experienced online harassment.(Source: NoBullying.com)

    *Studies establish a direct relation between lack of reaction to such incidents and the likelihood of becoming a cyberbully yourself.

    6. One of the most discussed modern phenomena is sexting. 33% of young respondents have sent explicit images or text to someone else at least once.
    (Source: ReportLinker)
    Kids do not have the forethought to realize that people with bad intentions will use these photos against them. A photo or image is never, truly deleted.

    7. 63% of internet trolls in the US prefer to engage in political topics. Other popular subject matters are celebrities (52%) and religion (48%).
    (Source: Statista)

    8. 42% of LGBTQ+ youth have experienced cyberbullying. 35% of them have received online threats, while 58% have been a victim of hate speech at least once.
    (Source: Netsanity)

    9. Internet trolls are most active on social media. 38% observe trolling behavior on such platforms, while 23% have seen them frequently “operate” on video sharing websites.
    (Source: Statista)

    10. Bullies often ridicule people with disabilities or anyone labeled “different”, for example, individuals with autism (75%), physical defects (70%), and other learning problems (52%)
    (Source: DitchTheLabel)