Statistics of Cyber Bullying and Why it’s Important

Cyber bullying or Internet bullying is a form of emotional violence, that is usually perpetuated among young people and teenagers (Bullying Statistics). With wider access to computers and other online devices, cyber bullying has grown in recent years. Today, many bullies often refrain from physical bullying opting instead for cyber bullying (No Bullying).

Here are some statistics of cyber bullying today:

  • 52% of young people have reported being victims of cyber bullying (No Bullying).
  • Of the young people who reported cyber bullying incidents, a third reported that their bullies used online threats (No Bullying).
  • Almost 20% of the young people who reported cyber bullying incidents experience cyber bullying regularly (No Bullying).
  • Only 1 in 10 teens tell a parent if they have been a cyber bully victim (Bullying Statistics).
  • Fewer than 1 in 5 cyber bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement (Bullying Statistics).
  • Girls are somewhat more likely than boys to be involved in cyber bullying, however all genders and races can and have experienced cyber bullying (Bullying Statistics).
  • 55% of all teens that use social media have witnessed outright bullying online (No Bullying).
  • 95% of teens that witnessed bullying on social media reported that themselves and others have ignored the behaviour (No Bullying).
  • Victims of cyber bullying are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem and to consider suicide (No Bullying).

These statistics are relevant because they clearly show that cyber bullying is a huge problem in today’s world, yet there doesn’t seem to be much action put in place to dissuade cyber bullying from occurring. Cyber bullying can have a severe effect on the person being bullied, even more so than physical bullying. As bullies are now able to contact the person at any time through various online communications, bullying no longer just ends when you go home. It is nearly impossible for parents or teachers to be able to intervene or help the situation when the bullying is done in private, and the people being bullied or witnessing the bullying won’t come forward.

Netflix has recently picked up on this problem that is affecting many young people today, and have created TV shows and movies, such as A Girl Like Her and 13 Reasons Why that showcase cyber bullying and the affects that this has on the victim. With more big name companies spreading the message, they can create a change by allowing young people and teenagers to see the consequences of their actions.

I would encourage parents, guardians, and teachers to talk to their children and students about cyber bullying, and have an action plan in place for those seeking help.