Cyberbullying is defined as a young person who harasses or embarrasses another young person who uses the Internet or uses other technologies, such as mobile phones. The psychological and emotional consequences of cyberbullying are comparable to those of actual bullying. The difference is that bullying in real life often stops at the end of school. There is no escape from cyberbullying. And it gets worse. Read on for the facts.
The facts about cyberbullying
1. Almost 43% of the children were bullied online. 1 in 4 did it more than once.
2. 70% of students say they have often seen bullying online.
3. More than 80% of young people regularly use a mobile phone, making it the most widely used medium for cyberbullying.
4. 68% of young people agree that cyberbullying is a serious problem.
5. 81% of young people believe that bullying online is easier to prevent than bullying.
6. 90% of teens who have seen bullying on social media say they ignore it. 84% saw other cyberstalkers who asked to resign.
7. Only 1 in 10 victims inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.
8. Girls are victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying approximately twice as often as boys.
9. About 58% of children admit that someone has said bad or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 in 10 say it happened more than once.
10. Victims of bullying consider suicide 2 to 9 times more often.
11. About 75% of students admit to visiting a website that discredits another student.
With widespread Internet access, social apps, and text messaging features available to children, cyberbullying is likely to continue to dominate our lives. Cyberbullying can have a number of short and long-term negative effects, including depression, isolation, lack of confidence, and suicidal thoughts. Parents should have as much information about cyberbullying as possible to know how to help children.
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