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- More than half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
- Of those who admitted they had been bullied, 87 % said it had happened on Facebook, 19 % on Twitter and 13 % on BlackBerry Messenger.
- 1 in 6 parents know their child has been bullied via a social networking site.
- More than 1 in 3 young people have been threatened online.
- 19 year old boys emerge as the biggest victims of online bullying, majority of which takes place on Facebook. Twitter was the next most frequent face for bullying.
- Above 25% of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
- One in ten parents online (12%) around the world say their child has experienced cyberbullying.
- 60% of teens said they had never reported the problem to the relevant social media website.
- Only 1% of teenagers say telling a teacher would be their first response to online bullying or trolling.
- Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.
- 13% of teens who use social media (12-17) say they have had an experience on a social network that made them feel nervous about going to school the next day.
- About half of teens have been the victims of cyber bullying.
- Only 1 in 10 teens tells a parent if they have been a cyber bully victim
- Less than 1 in 5 cyber bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement.
- 1 in 10 tweens or teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often using cell phone cameras.
- About 1 in 5 teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others.
- Girls are more likely than boys to be involved in cyber bullying.
- Over 80% of teens use a cell phone frequently, making it the most popular type of technology and a common medium for cyber bullying.
- Approximately half of young people have experienced some form of cyber bullying, and 10 to 20% experience it regularly.
- The most common type of cyber bullying is mean, hurtful comments and spreading rumors.
- Girls are as likely as boys to be cyber bullies or their victims.
- 88% of teens using social media-using say they have seen someone be mean or cruel to another person on a social network site.
- Boys are more likely to be threatened by cyber bullies than girls.
- All races are impacted by Cyber bullying.
- Cyber bullying victims are more likely to have low self-esteem and to consider suicide.
- More than 40% of all teenagers with Internet access have reported being bullied online during the past year.
- “Hyper-networking” teens (those who spend more than 3 hours per school day on social networks) are 110% more likely to be a victim of cyberbullying, compared to those who don’t spend as much time on social networks.
- Girls are more likely than boys to be the target of cyber bullying. Also, there is a direct connection to the amount of time girls spend online and the likelihood that they will be bullied.
- 10% of those kids who were bullied told their parents about the incident, and that a mere 18% of the cases were reported to a local or national law enforcement agency.
- 15% of parents are “in the know” about their kids’ social networking habits, and how these behaviors can lead to cyber bullying.
- The most common virtual locations for cyber bullying are chat rooms, social networking web sites, email and Instant Messaging (IM).
- Of the technologies used, chat rooms are currently where the most cyber bullying occurs, with various sources finding anywhere between 45% – 57% of all incidents originating there.
- Social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace are growing fast, and so are the cyber bullying incidents originating from them.
- Experts believe that they will soon overtake chat rooms as the top source of cyber bullying problems worldwide.
- According to a recent study, 58% of 4th through 8th graders reported having mean or cruel things said to them online. 53% said that they have said mean or hurtful things to others while online. 42% of those studied said that they had been “bullied online”, but almost 60% have never told their parents about the incident.
- Cell phone cameras and digital cameras are a growing problem in the cyber bullying world. A recent survey found that 10% of 770 young people surveyed were made to feel “threatened, embarrassed or uncomfortable” by a photo taken of them using a cell-phone camera.
- Stealing an individual’s name and password to a social networking site, then using their profile to post rumors, gossip or other damaging information.
- Altering photographs using Photoshop or other photo editing software in order to humiliate the individual.
- Recording conversations without the individual’s knowledge or consent, then posting the call online.
- Creating confrontational and mean-spirited online polls about the individual and posting them on different web sites.
- Using web sites and blogs to post hurtful, embarrassing information about another individual.
Resources to Report Cyberbullying
Report It – Cyberbullying Research Center – Extensive contact information for Social Media Apps, Messaging Service Apps, Search Engines, Wireless SmartPhone providers, ISP’s, and more.
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