Our increasingly connected world has created another platform for bullies to harass their victims. No longer are bullies confined to picking on other kids on the school playground; today, many bullies are refraining from physical assaults, opting instead for around the clock bashing via email, social media, instant messaging and other online platforms. Although parents, teachers and other authority figures can no longer count on physical signs like scars, torn clothing and bruises to tell the story, this certainly doesn’t mean that the effects of cyber bullying are any less damaging. Here, we are covering cyber bullying statistics 2014 as well as signs that may point toward your child or friend being a victim of cyber bullying.
Cyber Bullying Statistics 2014
- 25 percent of teenagers report that they have experienced repeated bullying via their cell phone or on the internet.
- Over half (52 percent) off young people report being cyber bullied.
- Embarassing or damaging photographs taken without the knowledge or consent of the subject has been reported by 11 percent of adolescents and teens.
- Of the young people who reported cyber bullying incidents against them, one-third (33 percent) of them reported that their bullies issued online threats.
- Often, both bullies and cyber bullies turn to hate speech to victimize their target. One-tenth of all middle school and high school students have been on the receiving end of ‘hate terms’ hurled against them.
- Over half (55 percent) of all teens who use social media have witnessed outright bullying via that medium.
- An astounding 95 percent of teens who witnessed bullying on social media report that others, like them, have ignored the behavior..
- Unfortunately, victims of cyber bullying sometimes, in an attempt to fight back, can shift roles, becoming the aggressor. Often, this happens as a sort of back-and-forth between victim and aggressor which tends to continue the behavior.
- More than half of young people surveyed say that they never confide in their parents when cyber bullying happens to them.
- Only one out of every six parents of adolescents and teens are even aware of the scope and intensity involved with cyber bullying.
- More than 80 percent of teens regularly use cell phones, making them the most popular form of technology and therefore a common medium for cyber bullying
- About half of young people have experienced some form of cyber bullying; among them, between 10 and 20 percent experience cyber bullying regularly.
- The most common types of cyber bullying tactics reported are mean, hurtful comments as well as the spreading of rumors.
- Girls are at least as likely as boys to either be cyber bullies or to be targeted as cyber bullying victims.
- Boys are more likely to be threatened by cyber bullies than girls.
- Cyber bullying affects all races.
- Victims of cyber bullying are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem and to consider suicide as a result.
Report From Counseling Service concerning Cyber Bullying Statistics 2014
Childline, a free counseling service which is based in the United Kingdom and was established especially for adolescents and teens, reported in their most recent annual report that cyber bullying concerns rose by a whopping 87 percent in 2013 over the previous year. Depression and general unhappiness were cited as the main reasons for contacting the charity. Further, young people contacted the charity online (via emails or one-on-one chat sessions) than via telephone.
CyberBullying Statistics 2014: What Can Be Done To Prevent Cyber Bullying
The sad part about cyber bullying is that the people who love these teens and adolescents, including their friends, parents and teachers, often don’t know what to do to help. Of course, providing support to bullying victims is always encouraged and appropriate, but below, you’ll find other ways to hopefully help thwart these vicious attacks.
Talks to teens about cyber bullying, explaining that it is wrong and can have serious consequences. Make a rule that teens may not send mean or damaging messages, even if someone else started it, or suggestive pictures or messages or they will lose their cell phone and computer privileges for a time.
- Encourage teens to report incidents of cyber bullying to an adult, but be careful to reassure victims they will not be punished.
- Reassure the bullying victim that they are not at fault for these attacks against them.
- Encourage adolescents and teens to save cyber bullying messages as proof that the cyber bullying is occurring. This is especially important if the incidents are eventually reported to the police, to parents or school officials or to the bully’s cellular provider.
- Since much of the cyber bullying attacks happen via cell phones, victims should start by changing their cell phone number and/or email addresses. You can also contact your cell phone provider to block the bully from contact.
- Cyberbullying statistics 2014 indicate that many instances involve the bully impersonating someone else. Therefore, encourage young people not to send information or photos via text or instant messaging they wouldn’t want shared publicly.