UK cyberbullying support group Ditch the Label yesterday published what it calls the largest cyberbullying survey ever. The survey, which took the pulse of 10,008 individuals between the ages of 13 – 22 with and average age of 16, found that 69% of respondents have been the victim of some form of cyberbullying, and 37% report being a victim on a highly frequent basis. 20% report experiencing cyberbullying on a daily basis.
69% is a big number, and one that should give parents a great reason to initiate a discussion with their teens.
- Facebook – 54%
- Twitter – 28%
- Ask.fm – 28%
- YouTube – 21%
- Bebo – 14%
- Tumblr – 22%
- Instagram – 24%
- Myspace – 89%
When asked about the negative effects from cyberbullying, most respondents focused on the abuse’s impact on their self-esteem and/or social life. Fortunately, most schools in the U.S., thanks to state mandates, have a mechanism for dealing with bullying. Schools can’t fix a self-esteem problem though. Parents need to be involved.
The most important things parents can do include agreeing with their teens on a clear definition of what cyberbullying is, and make sure that teens feel OK seeking out help if they are being cyberbullied, whether that help comes from parents or their school. Ditch the Label’s full report has more examples of what teens, parents and schools can do to combat cyberbullying. A link to the full report can be found here.
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