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Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Cold Hard Facts About Cyber Bullying

Connecting Education & Technology

By Katie Lepi
January 10, 2014

School isn’t just about learning and books, as teachers are already well aware. For students, going to school also teaches them about a slew of life lessons – and interacting with others is at the top of that list.

We all know (having been young ourselves) that kids can sometimes be really mean. Bullying is serious business, and as bullys move online, there are a lot of resources popping up to help out parents, teachers, and students to understand bullying and what to do about it.

The handy infographic below looks at some statistics regarding cyber bullying, demographics, and the effects it can have on a student. Keep reading to learn more.

Facts About Cyber Bullying

  • Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online
  • 1 in 4 (of the 43%) says it has happened more than once
  • 81% of young people think that bullying online is easier to get away with
  • 70% of students report frequently seeing bullying online
  • Teens who spend three or more hours per day on social networking sites are 110% more likely to be cyber bullied
  • 1 in 10 adolescents have had embarrassing or damaging photos of themselves posted online
  • The most common medium for cyberbullying is smartphones
  • 25% of teens have been bullied via text message
  • 64% of teens report being bullied on Facebook
  • 29% of teens report being harassed on Twitter
  • 21% of teens have been bullied via email or direct messaging
  • Girls are twice as likely to be the victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying as boys
  • Boys are more likely to be threatened than girls
  • 1 in 10 victims will inform their parents
  • Victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to commit suicide
  • Victims are more likely to have low self esteem

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