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Cyber Bullying Facts

“Cyber bullying” is defined as a tormenting, threatening, harassing, or embarrassing another person using the internet or other technologies, such as posting embarrassing pictures on social media or sending hurtful or threatening text messages.

The psychological and emotional outcomes of cyber bullying are similar to those of traditional bullying. However, traditional bullying often ends once the student is back home, whereas cyber bullying can continue throughout the day.



of children have experienced bullying online, and 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once.


of students report seeing frequent bullying online.



of teenagers use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.


of teenagers agree that bullying online is a serious problem.

90%of teenagers who have witnessed social media bullying say they ignored it. 84% have seen others tell cyber bullies to stop.

81%of young people think cyber bullying is easier to get away with than bullying in person.

54%of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out 10 say it has happened more than once.

About 75% have visited a website bashing another student.


Only 1 in 10 victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.

Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.

Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to contemplate suicide.

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