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Cyberbullying by the Numbers: What You Need to Know

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 15-Nov-2017

Bullying at school has taken a turn for the worse in recent years. The Internet is supposed to bring people closer together, but it is often used to isolate others and cause emotional trauma. Many people feel a sense of anonymity on the Internet, often translating into hateful behavior they wouldn’t exhibit otherwise—and because our kids use technology to communicate, they are often left vulnerable. As kids prepare to go back to school this fall, here’s what you need to know about this ongoing concern.

What Is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is defined as using technology to harass or bully someone. This may include any of the following—and this is not a comprehensive list:

  • Sending hateful or threatening messages via text or email
  • Posting threatening or hurtful messages about someone, either by group text, social media or other public online forums
  • Sharing unflattering or compromising photos of someone via text or the Internet
  • Spreading rumors by text or social media
  • Hijacking someone’s account and using it to send hurtful or suggestive messages in their name

Startling Statistics about Cyberbullying

Some important numbers, courtesy of DoSomething.org and bullyingstatistics.org:

  • Over half of adolescents report being victims of cyberbullying—and over half admit to the practice of cyberbullying. 25 percent say they are bullied repeatedly.
  • ¾ of students admit to visiting a website set up to disparage another student.
  • 90 percent of teens say they don’t confront cyberbullies.
  • 1 in 5 teens say they have “sexted” someone else, sending suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others.
  • 1 in 10 teens say they have had damaging photos taken of them and spread without their permission.
  • Only 1 in 10 victims report to an adult what is happening to them.
  • Victims of cyberbullying are up to 9 times more likely to commit suicide.

Cyberbullying is a dangerous practice that can cause lasting psychological and even physical damage. If you believe your child is a cyberbullying victim, our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys may be able to help. Call us to learn more.

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