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New Cyberbullying Statistics Show Growing Danger in America

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Cyberbullying is a growing problem in the U.S. that evolves with changing technology and online trends. This year, nobullying.com has compiled cyberbullying statistics to show the scope of this issue.

The following are a list of cyberbullying statistics plaguing the nation.

  • 55% of all teenagers who use social media have witnessed cyberbullying.
  • 25% of teenagers report that they have experienced repeated bullying via cellphone or the Internet.
  • Embarrassing 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 cyberbullying incidents against them, one-third (33 percent) of them reported that their bullies issued online threats
  • Embarrassing or damaging photographs taken without the knowledge or consent of the subject has been reported by 11 percent of adolescents and teens.
  • Often, bullies and cyberbullies 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.
  • 95 percent of teens who witnessed bullying on social media report that others, like them, have ignored the behavior.
  • Victims of cyberbullying 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 cyberbullying happens to them.
  • About half of young people have experienced some form of cyberbullying; among them, between 10 percent and 20 percent experience cyberbullying regularly.
  • Victims of cyberbullying are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem and to consider suicide as a result.

Evidently, these statistics reveal alarming issues with the current issue of cyberbullying. For example, victims of cyberbullying are often pushed to fight back and become the aggressor. They may take out their frustration on others, therefore worsening the problem of cyberbullying. Further, the majority of cyberbullied teens don’t confide in their parents. This is a major issue because it causes victims to feel alone, when in fact parents have plenty of methods at their disposal to protect their children from cyberbullying.

The statistics recently released confirm the growing issue of cyberbullying and highlights specific problems that must be addressed to prevent cyberbullying.