Cyberbullying

A hot topic for educators, policy makers, parents, and students is cyberbullying.

What is it?

  • According to Hinduja and Patchin (2015), cyberbullying is the “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices” (p. 11).

Who is affected?

  • Teens ages 12-18 seem to be the most affected.  “Boys are more likely to be threatened online than girls” (Cyber Bullying Statistics 2014, 2016).

When is it happening?

  • All the time!  “95% of teens are online” (Hinduja & Patchin, 2015, p. 24).

Where is it happening?

  • Social media seems to be the main culprit – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, just to name a few.  You name an app or website that allows users to talk to one another, and I guarantee you’ll find cyberbullying.  Let me clarify – cyberbullying is NOT the only communication happening on social media.  Social media is a great tool for educators to connect to other educators and for students to connect to their peers.

Why does is happen?

  • As long as humans have been alive, bullying has been around.  The “I’m better than you” mindset has always plagued humans.  Cyberbullying is another method of tormenting others.  I feel that it is worse than typical bullying because offenders have the anonymity of a username or phone number to hide behind.  It makes it harder to determine who the culprit actually is.

In conclusion, cyberbullying is a threat that is targeting the youth of today and isn’t going anywhere unless adults in all aspects of their lives get involved and help make a difference.  I want to leave you with an infographic below from Cyber Bullying Statistics 2014 (2016) that shows some of the scary statistics of how cyberbullying affects children.

CyperBullyingStatistics-IG

References:

Cyber Bullying Statistics 2014. (2016, July 20). Retrieved August 07, 2016, from http://nobullying.com/cyber-bullying-statistics-2014/

Hinduja, S., & Patchin, J. W. (2015). Bullying beyond the schoolyard: Preventing and responding to cyberbullying. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

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