Cyber Bullying Statistics: 50 Facts You Need to Know

Cyber Bullying Facts

Cyber bullying statistics committed against youth are staggering and episodes of bullying are increasing by the minute.  The act of “cyber bullying” is characterized as any act committed by an individual that threatens, embarrasses, harasses, torments or humiliates another individual using the Internet, a cell phone device or other interactive digital technology.  Cyber bullying is a growing problem among preteens, teens and young adults. However, few parents recognize abuse occurring in cyber space as problem or concern for their youth.

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Please review the 50 cyber bullying facts listed below that every parent and youth need to know.   

50 Cyber Bullying Statistics: What You Need to Know

  1. One-third of all kids have been a victim of cyber bullying.
  2. Ten to 20 percent of these youth experience this abuse on a continuous basis. 
  3. The most typical forms of bullying online include disrespecting or ignoring the presence of another.
  4. The main online setting for online bullying is in a chat room, among U.S. youth
  5. Secondary settings for cyber bullying are conducted in an instant message or an email, among U.S. youth.
  6. However, among European youth, social networking sites and instant messaging are the primary ways for cyber bullying, while chat rooms, email and gaming sites are secondary.
  7. A significant portion of victimized youth admits feeling frustrated, depressed and irate.
  8. Females become more irate and angry over cyber bullying than males.
  9. Approximately, 41 percent of youth that are bullied do not tell anyone that it happened.
  10. Unfortunately, among those that tell others about their bullying, only 19 percent experienced any improvement.
  11. Seventeen percent of youth reported that they had bullied another online. 
  12. Among the offenders, most thought of their actions as “funny.”
  13. Fifty percent of teens report repeatedly being bullied via the Internet or their cell phones.
  14. More than 50 percent of youth view cyber bullying just as bad as, or worse than, face-to-face bullying.
  15. Five percent of victimized youth sincerely feared for their own safety.
  16. Ten percent of teens have had damaged and embarrassing photographs taken of them without their consent.
  17. The emotional impact of being bullied includes declining grades, multiple absences from school, increasing depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation and even suicide.
  18. Cyber bullying may cause a greater impact than face-to-face bullying, because kids can escape face-to-face bullying when they return home.  However, cyber bullying can be never ending and create inescapable feelings.
  19. Abusers rarely receive consequences for their actions, primarily because their victims never tell.
  20. Teens are overwhelmingly the primary targets of online bullying.
  21. Teen cyber abuse is increasing at a staggering rate.
  22. Fifty percent of all teens have been exposed to teen cyber abuse, such being a victim, witness, or offender of cyber abuse.
  23. Sexting and disseminating suggestive messages about another are forms of cyber bullying.
  24. Twenty percent of teens have sent naked or suggestive photographs of themselves to another.
  25. Among 14 to 17 year old teens, 24 percent have been a participant in some form of sexting.
  26. Females are more likely to be involved in cyber bullying than males. However, males are more likely to experience a threat from another.
  27. Cyber bullying does not discriminate.  It affects all races, religions and ethnicities. 
  28. The computer and the cell phone are the most common mediums for cyber abuse.
  29. Only 7 percent of teen parents in the United States report being concerned for their teen about cyber bullying.
  30. Over one million teens experienced cyber bullying on Facebook last year alone.
  31. Fifty-eight percent of offenders surveyed reported engaging in cyber bullying because the victim “deserved it” and wanted to “get back at” them.
  32. Twelve percent of youth report that they “frequently” see cruel and harassing behaviors on social media websites.
  33. The average texting teen, texts approximately 118 texts on average per day.
  34. Globally, 10 percent of all parents report that their teen has been a victim of cyber bullying.
  35. Parents in India, Indonesia and Sweden are more aware of the potential dangers of cyber bullying than other countries.
  36. Parents in Spain, France, Italy and Hungary are least aware of the dangers of cyber abuse compared to other countries.
  37. Parents in India, Brazil, Canada and Saudi Arabia lead reports of having a child that has been previously bullied online.
  38. Approximately 50 percent of offenders do not think about their action and potential consequences before they engage in bullying.
  39. Among offenders, females are more likely to spread rumors about another, while males are more likely to post damaging photographs about another.
  40. Offenders are often victims of other types of abuse.
  41. Cyber bullies will use PhotoShop or similar software to distort photographs of an individual in order to cause humiliation.
  42. It is not uncommon for bullies to steal the password of a victim’s account and post damaging and embarrassing information about that person.
  43. Cyber bullying increases as youth age. 
  44. Offending bullies are also at an increased risk of suicide, as bullying can be a manifestation of low self-esteem, depression or abuse.
  45. Sixty-seven percent of teens think more bullying occurs more frequently offline.  However, research shows cyber bullying occurs significantly more frequently.  
  46. Youth bullied offline are more likely to tell an adult about the behavior than youth bullied online.
  47. In a 2011 survey about Social networking knowledge, 100 percent of parents reported not knowing their child needed to be at least 13 to have a Facebook account. 
  48. Students who are cyber bullied or bullied at school are twice as likely to attempt suicide as students that have never been bullied.
  49. Tyler Clementi committed suicide after his roommate posted a video of Clementi having sex with another male. His roommate was found guilty of a hate crime.
  50. Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old male, committed suicide after blogging for months about being bullied and taunted from kids at school.

Don’t let your child be a statistic of cyber bullying.  Take proper precautions and talk to your child about this epidemic before it is too late.

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