Cyber Bullying Facts

Cyberbullying By The Numbers
(Complied by TeenSafe)

  • 87% of today’s youth have witnessed cyberbullying (Source).
  • Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once (Source).
  • 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person (Source).
  • 15% of surveyed students admit to cyberbullying others (Source).
  • Only 1 in 10 victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse (Source).
  • 24% of our sons and daughters report that they do not know what to do if they would be harassed online (Source).
  • About 75% of students admit they have visited a website bashing another student (Source).
  • 39% our children do not enable their privacy settings on social media (Source).
  • One out of three kids feel they are more accepted on social media networks than in real life (Source).

Commonly Reported Types Of Cyberbullying

  • 19% of cyberbullying often entails the spreading of rumors (Source).
  • Nearly 13% of victimized children experience hurtful comments (Source).
  • 72% of children report they are cyber bullied because of their looks (Source).
  • 26% of victims are chosen due to their race or religion (Source).
  • 22% of harassed children feel that their sexuality was the cause of the bullying (Source).

Cyberbullying By Gender

  • Girls (41 percent) are more likely to experience cyberbullying at some point in their life compared to boys (28 percent) (Source).
  • Girls who cyberbully tend to post mean online comments (Source).
  • Girls tend to favor social media outlets like Snapchat or Instagram while boys often interact over gaming consoles (Source).
  • Male cyberbullies often post hurtful photos or videos (Source).

Cyberbullying of Students with Disabilities

  • Only 10 U.S. studies have been conducted on the connection between bullying and developmental disabilities, but all of these studies found that children with disabilities were two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers (Source).
  • The National Autistic Society reports that 40 percent of children with autism and 60 percent of children with Asperger’s syndrome have experienced bullying (Source).
  • When reporting bullying youth in special education were told not to tattle almost twice as often as youth not in special education (Source).
  • Students with disabilities or special education needs are twice as likely to be identified as bullied targets and as bullies when compared to peers without disabilities (Source).

The Effects Of Cyberbullying

  • More than 7 out of ten children felt that bullying negatively impacted their social lives (Source).
  • 83% of victims felt that the bullying hurt their self esteem (Source).
  • 30% of victims have turned to self harming behaviors, which has increased by 6% from 2013 (Source).
  • 30% of children who have been bullied have suicidal thoughts, a 5 percent rise from 2013 statistics. In fact, Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide (Source).
  • 10% of children have attempted to take their own lives due to bullying (Source).
  • 7% of victims have bullied others as a result of their torment. (Source)

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