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Cyberbullying is a form of bullying that occurs online through the use of digital devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and computers. It can happen via messaging apps, online forums, discussion boards, and social media sites.
See the fact file below for more information on the Cyberbullying or alternatively, you can download our 21-page Cyberbullying worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
WHAT IS CYBERBULLYING?
- Cyberbullying is defined as an intentional act of harassment done by a group or individual, repeatedly, towards a defenseless person using various forms of electronic contact.
- It is also called cyberharassment or online bullying.
- It includes sharing content online about someone that is negative, harmful, mean, and sometimes even false.
- It can also include sharing aspects of someone’s personal and private life with the intent to embarrass or humiliate them.
- Sometimes, behavior of cyberbullies falls under criminal acts.
- Victims of cyberbullying sometimes have no way of knowing who the perpetrators are or why they’re being bullied.
- Cyberbullying has a larger audience than traditional bullying because of the possibility of being viral online.
- Cyberbullying can be more aggressive than traditional bullying because it can occur anonymously.
- Cyberbullies may feel that there won’t be any consequences due to their identity being hidden.
- Other forms of bullying that occurs over the internet includes Internet trolling.
- It is mostly done to provoke and elicit a reaction for someone’s own personal entertainment.
- Cyberstalking is another form of bullying that happens through the use of digital devices.
- It uses information shared electronically to stalk someone.
- This can prove to be a credible threat to the victim’s safety and wellbeing and is punishable by jail time.
GENERAL FACTS AND NUMBERS
- In recent years, cyberbullying has become more rampant, especially among teenagers.
- The most common platform for cyberbullying is social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.
- It can also happen through text messages, instant messages, and emails.
- Online gaming sites are a common platform where boys experience cyberbullying.
- Teachers and parents are not always made aware that cyberbullying is happening since it occurs through digital devices and it can’t be directly seen or heard taking place. Because of this, cyberbullying can be hard to recognize.
- According to the 2017 School Crime Supplement, 15% of students aged 12-18 who reported being bullied at school were bullied online or through text messages.
- It’s estimated that 14.9% of high school students were bullied electronically according to the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.
- About 95% of teens in the U.S. have access to the internet through their mobile devices making it the most prominent medium for cyberbullying.
- Girls have a higher rate of being both the victim of cyberbullying and being the perpetrators compared to boys.
- Surveys say that 42% of young people who were victims of cyberbullying experienced it on Instagram – making it the top social media site where cyberbullying occurs.
- Among teens who are victims of cyberbullying, only 1 out of 10 will report or confide in a parent or guardian.
- About 4 out of 5 students say that if they could intervene anonymously when witnessing cyberbullying, they would be more motivated to do so.
EFFECTS OF CYBERBULLYING
- Anything posted or shared online about someone helps build their online reputation.
- When negative, harmful, mean, and false things about someone are shared online, this information is readily available for the public to view – potentially damaging a person’s reputation.
- Information, photos, and videos shared to the internet are considered permanent as there is no sure way to completely delete it.
- It can affect a person’s future school admissions, employment, and other aspects of their life.
- Cyberbullying is harmful not only to the victim, but to the ones who bully as well because their reputation is also made public and their words and actions can be used against them.
- Young people who have been victims of cyberbullying are at higher risk of self-harming and having suicidal thoughts and actions than those who have not experienced cyberbullying.
- Both the cyberbullies and their victims report less school satisfaction and achievement compared to their peers.
- Cyberbullies and their victims are prone to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and drug and alcohol abuse.
- Victims of cyberbullying have a great chance of being bullies in the future as they may see it as a way to cope.
- Cyberbullies are also at risk of being bullied in return.
- Most states enforce laws that require schools to not tolerate bullying and to take action against bullying.
- Punishment usually involves suspension for the students involved.
- However, these laws sometimes don’t include cyberbullying.
- Some states also specify that the school needs to take action only when the school performance of the students involved are affected.
- Harassment through the internet is taken seriously by law enforcement agencies – most of them having cyber crime units.
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Cyberbullying Facts
- Counts as Cyberbullying
- What Numbers Imply
- What Makes A Bully
- Social Media Search
- Cyberbullying Effects
- Cyber Police
- Cyberbully Word Map
- Social Responsibility
- Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign
- Letter to Victims
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