Sobering Cyber Bullying Statistics
1 in 6 teens are cyberbullied.
Teens who are cyberbullied are 3,5x more likely to attempt suicide than those who aren’t bulled.
Cyberbullying is defined as the “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell
phones, and other electronic devices.” Currently 80% of teens are on cell phones and on social media sites giving them the almost unhindered ability to communicate with one another for good or bad. The most sobering of them all is the higher likelihood of suicide from those cyberbullied than those who are not, or even bullied off-line. Check out this cyberbulling infographic below.
More Cyberbullying Thoughts
Cyberbullying is a real problem that often goes unnoticed by parents. We all remember our childhood and the cruelty the young are capable of. Just imagine the same thing played out online where users can be anonymous and the stage is not just 1 or 2 kids but the entire school. In previous studies some have shown that 1 in 4 kids have been targets of cyberbullying and 2 of 3 teens have witnessed cruel behavior online. Yet only 10% of parents are aware that their own teens are on the receiving end of these cyberbullying behaviors. This cannot happen.
- 1 in 6 (16.2%) of teens are cyber bullied [22.1% girls / 10.8% boys]
- 18.6% of white [25.9% girls / 11.8% boys]
- 8.9% of blacks [11% girls / 6.9% boys]
- 13.6% of hispanics [18% girls / 9.5% boys]
- 15.5% of 9th graders [22.6% girls / 8.9% boys]
- 18% of 10th graders [24.2% girls / 12.6% boys]
- 16% of 11th graders [19.8% girls / 12.4% boys]
- 15% of 12th graders [21.5% girls / 8.8% boys]
Off-line bullying rates
- 1 in 5 are bullied offline [22% girls / 18% boys]
Top 15 Highest Cyberbullying Rates by State
- New Hampshire [21.6%]
- Maine [19.7%]
- South Dakota [19.6%]
- Montana [19.2%]
- Indiana [18.7%]
- Wyoming [18.7%]
- Louisiana [18%]
- Michigan [18%]
- Kentucky [17.4%],
- North Dakota [17.4%]
- Idaho [17%]
- Arkansas [16.7%]
- Utah [16.6%]
- Wisconsin [16.6%],
- Iowa [16.8%],
Current Cyberbullying Laws
- 49/50 states have bullying laws (Montana does not)
- 47/50 include electronic harassment.
- 44/50 include school sanctions.
- 18/50 specifically include “cyberbullying”
- 12/50 include criminal sanctions.
- Teenagers who are cyberbullied are 3 times more likely to commit suicide.
- Teenagers who are traditionally bullied are 2 times more likely to commit suicide.
Suicide attempts that require treatment:
- 1.5% for youths not bullied
- 2.3% for youths physically bullied
- 5.4% for youths cyberbullied
- 6% for youths physically and cyberbullied
- Only 1/10 victims ask their parents for help.
- Leaving 9/10 to deal with the abuse alone.
Tips for Parents against Cyberbulling
- Unconditional support.
- Inform the child of options in dealing with the bully.
- Work with school officials.
- Work with the parents of the bully.
- Contact IT providers to get content removed and bullies blocked.
- If necessary, contact the police.
- Take more ownership over your child’s Facebook Accounts
- Get Internet Accountability Software! Covenant Eyes is a good option.
Tips for Educators against Cyberbulling
- Teach that cyberbullying is wrong.
- Listen and respond to all reports of bullying.
- Have students work on projects against cyberbullying.
- Have a system for complaints to be documented.
- Host speakers on the topic of bullying.
- Ensure that school is a safe place; free from cyberbullying.
Chime In: What Cyberbulling Statistic is the most Sobering to you?
- Have you or your children ever been targets of cyberbulling?