We get a lot of questions about cyberbullying here at Radical Parenting and I found this infographic and some recent stats I wanted to post with tips:
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying isn’t just sending someone a snippy email. Any of the following constitutes cyberbullying: (1)
- Sending mean or threatening messages to someone’s email or phone.
- Spreading rumors about an individual through email, text or social media.
- Posting humiliating or threatening messages on a social media profile.
- Breaking into another person’s account to send hurtful messages or pretend to be them with the intent of humiliation.
- Taking and sending unflattering or sexual pictures of a person without their consent.
The Unfortunate Numbers
Percentage of adolescents and teens who have been bullied online (1)
10% to 20%
Percentage of adolescents and teens who experience regular cyberbullying (1)
Fewer than 1 in 5
Number of cyberbullying incidents reported to police (1)
1 in 3
Number of young people who have been threatened online (1)
38% of girls who are online report being cyberbullied, compared to 26% of boys. (2)
Preventing Cyberbullying: A Guide for Parents
Here are some tips for parents on how to prevent your kids from becoming a victim of cyberbullying. (5)
- Be aware of what your child is doing online. Ask them what sites they visit and who they talk to on social media sites or instant messaging.
- Use parental filter controls on your child’s computer.
- Have your own social media profile and “friend” your child so that you can monitor your child’s activity.
- Encourage your child to tell you immediately if they are experiencing bullying online. Do not punish them for confiding in you by taking away their computers or devices; simply offer to help mediate or solve the problem.
- Make sure you clearly establish rules regarding computer use. If you make a rule that a child may not have a profile on a certain social media site, follow through.
- Talk with your kids about not sharing passwords and about Internet safety as a whole.
- If you or your child notice signs of cyberbullying, address the issue immediately. Do not let the situation progress or worsen.