CyberBullying: Facts Behind the Keyboard

Over the last decade, cyberbullying.org has surveyed 15,000 middle and high school students from 97 different schools across the United States. According to their research, about 25% of the students surveyed in their eight most recent studies said they were cyber bullied at some point in their life. 9% of the people surveyed said they were bullied within the last 30 days and 16% said they cyberbullied someone in the last month. These facts brings up important information about how prevelant cyberbullying is and shows how 1 in 4 people fall victim to being abused.

According to Wikipedia, cyberbullying is defined as, “The use of information technology to repeatedly harm or harass other people in a deliberate manner. According to U.S. Legal Definitions, Cyber-bullying could be limited to posting rumors or gossips about a person in the internet bringing about hatred in other’s minds; or it may go to the extent of personally identifying victims and publishing materials severely defaming and humiliating them.”

In February of 2015 cyberbullying.org collected data on 450 students internet usage at one middle school in the United States:

– 97.5% have been online in the previous 30 days
– 63% have a cell phone
– 42% regularly use Instagram
– 33% regularly use Facebook
– 15% have been the target of cyberbullying in the previous 30 days (boys: 11.8%; girls: 18.5%)
– 6.3% have cyberbullied others in the previous 30 days (boys: 6.1%; girls: 6.5%)

In the article “11 Facts About Cyber Bullying” on dosomething.org, the third fact states that over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying. Going off of the data found on cyberbullying.org, this goes to show how easy it is to cyber bully somone based off of how most teens have easy access to being contacted by a peer.

As someone looking to pursue a career in Elementary teaching, I am concerned for the future students in my classroom. With the use of technology increasing rapidly, I fear for the well-being of those children. Doing research on the topics of cyberbullying will allow me to understand the statistics and signs to help prevent and eliminate the abuse done online.