A lot has changed since we were children. As a society, we’ve traded Pogs and Polly Pockets for Smartphones and Playstations. Although we aren’t as concerned about choking hazards or toxic paints, our son’s and daughter’s love for technology can open them up to numerous hidden dangers. Just like stepping on Legos in the middle of the night, parents can still be caught off guard when it comes to technology and our children.

One key area parents and educators still need to focus on is the prevalence of cyberbullying. Even though the past few years has encouraged nationwide discussions about cyberbullying, the devastating reality is that research has shown little improvement when it comes to our kids and digital aggression. In fact, one study has shown that rates of cyberbullying has only increased since 2010!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month which provides the perfect opportunity to revisit the ins and outs of the cyberbullying epidemic facing our children. With the variety of social media apps and networks, it can be difficult to keep up with the trends. We have laid out current statistics and facts in regards to cyberbullying to highlight areas of concern for parents when it comes to protecting our children.

Cyberbullying By The Numbers

  • 87 percent of today’s youth have witnessed cyberbullying (Source)
  • Close to 34 percent of students acknowledge that they have experienced cyberbullying (Source)
  • 15 percent of surveyed students admit to cyberbullying others (Source)
  • 24 percent of our sons and daughters report that they do not know what to do if they would be harassed online (Source)
  • 39 percent of our children do not enable their privacy settings on social media (Source)
  • One out of three kids feel they are more accepted on social media networks than in real life (Source)

Commonly Reported Types Of Cyberbullying

  • 19 percent of cyberbullying often entails the spreading of rumors (Source)
  • Nearly 13 percent of victimized children experience hurtful comments (Source)
  • 72 percent of children report they are cyberbullied because of their looks (Source)
  • 26 percent of victims are chosen due to their race or religion (Source)
  • 22 percent of harassed children feel that their sexuality was the cause of the bullying (Source)
  • The National Autistic Society released that 40 percent of children with autism and and 60 percent of children with Asperger’s Syndrome report experiencing bullying- on and offline (Source)

Cyberbullying By Gender

  • Girls (41 percent) are more likely to experience cyberbullying at some point in their life compared to boys (28 percent) (Source)
  • Girls who cyberbully tend to post mean online comments (Source)
  • Girls tend to favor social media outlets like Snapchat or Instagram while boys often interact over gaming consoles (Source)
  • Male cyberbullies often post hurtful photos or videos (Source)

The Effects Of Cyberbullying

  • More than 7 out of ten children felt that bullying negatively impacted their social lives (Source)
  • 83 percent of victims felt that the bullying hurt their self esteem (Source)
  • 30 percent of victims have turned to self harming behaviors, which has increased by 6 percent from 2013 (Source)
  • 30 percent of children who have been bullied have suicidal thoughts, a 5 percent rise from 2013 statistics (Source)
  • 10 percent of children have attempted to take their own lives due to bullying (Source)
  • 7 percent of victims have bullied others as a result of their torment (Source)

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