New Perspective and Stats: Cyberbullying

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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.



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