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Cyber Bullying Statistics: 50 Facts You Need to Know

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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.

Cyber Bullying Statistics

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.

Cyber Bullying Statistics and Facts


Cyberbullying.us: Cyber Bullying Research Center

PureSight.com: Cyber Bullying Statistics



Mar 31, 2012 9:13am
Your list made me think about how to protect my children.
Mar 31, 2012 1:23pm
I am glad these cyber bullying statistics are provoking thought among parents. You can never be too careful or prepared. Thanks for posting a comment.:)
Apr 1, 2012 1:11am
Very informative article...yikes I didnt realize the extent of cyberbullying in society
Apr 1, 2012 2:17am
Thanks PensiveScholar for stopping by and posting a comment. The emergence and increasing rate of cyber bullying is quite scary.
Apr 1, 2012 5:31pm
I am happy to see others calling attention to this issue. Bullying happens at all ages, but some children have no coping skills before they are first bullied. Thank you!
Apr 1, 2012 6:22pm
Thank you GregorMendel for posting and recognizing the importance of cyber bullying.
Apr 1, 2012 7:02pm
This is a fantastic featured article on a very important topic, congratulations! I remember the 'lioness' came out in me when I found out one of my daughters was being bullied in elementary school. As soon as I learned about it, I took immediate action to stop it. The only thing about that time that I'm thankful for is that we didn't have all the technology of today, so cyber bullying was not yet an issue. Very, very good article - "Thumbs-Up."
Apr 2, 2012 2:53am
My mum works in a school and after 40 years in education cyber bullying is the worst thing she's come across. Very difficult to stop.Incredibly hurtful for the victim.
Apr 2, 2012 3:43am
Thanks Introspective and Toebunkers for stopping by and making a comment. Bullying truly is a problem and more parents need to be aware of the dangers.
Apr 3, 2012 12:31pm
Most of us probably don't realize that cyber bullying is really that bad. I've been subjected to online scrutiny once in a forum to the point that personal information, photos, and what not are being divulged by the attacker. I wasn't silent about it. I fought back except that I couldn't gather the same type of data they were able to get. That's what it made it bad for me. :)
Apr 3, 2012 4:15pm
WebAddict, I am so sorry to hear that you were a victim of cyber bullying. However, I am glad you are willing to share your story so others will be aware that it can truly happen to anyone. Thank you so much for stopping by and posting a comment.
Apr 3, 2012 9:52pm
No problem. In a sense, I was also at fault since I wasn't too careful about providing PII in a public place online. So as not to provide an opportunity for online attackers to find sensitive information, let's be as private as possible online.
Apr 3, 2012 2:36pm
This is a must read article for every adult over and over again.
The technology makes it possible to reach out to children 24/7 all the way to their bed room and does not allow them to have a safe place. Electronic devised are misused almost as deadly weapons.
Parents need to be on top what is going on in their children's life as ever before.

Please save the children!

Apr 3, 2012 4:17pm
Thanks, Anja, for highlighting the importance of this issue. I never thought of a computer as a deadly weapon, but you make an excellent point. Thanks for posting a comment and sharing your thoughts on this significant matter.
Apr 15, 2012 10:06pm
Thanks for the great timely article. I'm sure you know, but cyber bullying and internet stalking certainly isn't restricted to kids. I have been the victim of probably the longest running continuous cyber bully gang stalking incident in history, and it not only leached down into my real life, and would have destroyed it, if I hadn't been intelligent and really strong, but it impacted my friends, even some strangers, and continues to this day! Every day! It's a wonder someone hasn't been killed and it's continuing.

People know of ebay, and tend to think their personal information is safe. It is NOT. This all started back in the run up to the US invasion of Iraq. I was a simple ebay seller, and a community organizer helping with anti-war anti-invasion groups. Some people with ebay (and ebay is complicit because they know who did this and did nothing to stop or punish them) decided on the Yahoo Ebay chat board (and Yahoo is complicit in these crimes because they know all about them and allow the cyber gang to cyber stalk on their public forum to this day!) decided I was a communist and went full blown into my life. They were aided and abetted by a disgusting counter protest group who has a very bad reputation "Protest Warriors"

They created a very well organized gang of psychos, pretty much circling around John Osborne of Cypress California, and a Marin County Account named Pat Mitchell. They had a lot of help and were very organized. They attacked every part of my life, and made my life very public. They wrecked my ebay and my watch selling web site, they targeted my home, my community members, they made death threat phone calls, got pictures of others and claimed they were huge fat me (they weren't) they wrote down license plate numbers of people who visited me and death threat phone called them. They misused the ATF and Homeland Security to raid a friends house, and would have mine too, but the ATF were so appalled at not finding much but some pot they called it off. The family, and especially the young daughter of my pal were never the same though. Ironically, John Osborne brags on that yahoo site daily about growing pot in his home, and one of the "cute" things he did lately was post a pic of Talon bullets (cop killer bullet proof vest piercing) and had a note: "For Charles".

John is such a peachy guy he has lived on that Yahoo chat board every day for 11 years bothering people. He neglected his own daughter to the point she became a drug addict and her arrest was very very public. Now she is a teen unwed Mother. Maybe she's in her twenties by now.

Everyone asks after a tragedy like Virginia Tech 'what can be done to stop the insane' but here is a known perp, posting his illness in public daily, and gathering his little organized hate group, Protest Warriors and their extreme right wing friends, to target and attack people they hate. Luckily I'm smarter than they are, but it wrecked my marriage and I had to leave my home.

The Texas police, and the California police, were no help at all. Just like ebay and Yahoo. I still need to know who all these psychos are, trace them to their homes and arrest them for the publicly posted internet death threats. For awhile there, almost everyday they posted my name and contact info. This has been going on since 2003! That's a cyber bully organized gang stalking going on for 9 years! Remember this stalking was so important to John Osborne, ebay's z50com, that he neglected his own family! And we all know how smashingly awful that invasion of Iraq went. It was a "war" based on lies, and the war criminals have gotten away with it, just like John and his stalking crew! This is the lawless world we live in now. No laws for the rich and no privacy or rights for the rest of us. I've been working hard to get all these creeps arrested and jailed and their sites pulled down. I want the war criminals to face justice too. Yahoo and ebay should pay for this too because they've known about this problem for years and done nothing about it. They are criminally liable and in collusion. I will never have my privacy back but luckily I'm strong and good looking, ha.
Jul 7, 2012 2:17pm
That EBAY PAYS MY BILLS guy?Sue him Texas style.

ABC News April 24, 2012 'Anonymous' Posters to Pay $13 Million for Defamatory Comments.
A Texas couple who filed a defamation lawsuit over three years ago against anonymous posters on the Internet forum Topix.com won a $13.8 million judgment from a jury.
After the Leshers filed their lawsuit in February 2009 against the anonymous commenters, a Texas judge ordered Topix to turn over identifying information about the anonymous posters. Information disclosed by Topix, including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, or the unique number assigned to each computer, led the couple to a business owned by the husband of a woman who accused the couple of sexual assault in 2008.
"Our clients, Mark Lesher and Rhonda Lesher, have triumphed over those who maliciously sought to systematically destroy the very essence of their respective freedoms," read a statement from the Leshers' attorneys, William Pieratt Demond and Meagan Hassan of Demond & Hassan, PLLC. "For years, the Leshers have known a special form of pain and suffering imposed by a select few that mistakenly believed they were both above the law and anonymous. This victory does more than just help clear the Leshers' names; it evidences the pricelessness of our reputations, the fundamental importance of free speech, and the relationship of each to the other. For that, we congratulate the Leshers and the juries that have correctly discerned truth from fiction."

Rope cyber bullies to real Texas court BBQ.
Jan 30, 2013 6:04am
Great points. Cyber bullying is not acceptable.
May 15, 2013 4:03pm
Very informative and interesting
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