Cyberbullying is a major form of harassment that plagues teens today. The effects that this type of bullying has had on young people is disturbing. Teenage years are hard enough as it is without bullying. At least the old bullying only happened when you were on school grounds. When you went home you had time and space away from the harassment. It did not plague you 24/7. Today’s bullying is another story.
Cyberbullying comes in many different electronic forms of contact. It is an aggressive act that has intention to harm and is repetitious and far reaching. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying. Click here to learn more. The access through a cell phone to personal websites, blogs, email, texting, social networking sites, chat rooms, message boards, instant messaging, photographs and video games gives the bully a very wide and far reaching canvas to paint a picture that can destroy a class mate. With the access of bullying at their fingertips and the fact that they can remain anonymous leaves a very large gap for a lot to go wrong.
Cyberbullying can result in serious emotional problems for targets, including anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, stress and suicide ideation. Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide. Check out more statistics here. We are seeing a rise in bullying in the last ten years nearly doubling the victims. We have also seen a rise in teen suicide.
About 28% of students age 12-18 reported being bullied at school during the school year. Many dread the physical and verbal aggression of their peers and this causes a constant state of anxiety and depression. Approximately 30% of young people admit to bullying others. Find more statistics here. Bullying has always been a serious problem but it has risen to new levels and should not be written off as a right of passage for young people. There are many groups that are spearheading bullying prevention through awareness and safe reporting of the event. You can donate or participate in helping victims of online predators of bullying and abuse.