Advice for parents and kids to detect and prevent cyberbullying
Cyberbullying. It frightening to hear about. It’s even more frightening to experience. With technology on the rise, it’s easier than ever for people to access information about anything and to contact anyone. It’s also easier than ever to use both of those for negative things.
- 45% of children and teens admit they have experienced online bullying
- That percentage has more than doubled since 2007 when it was as low as 18%
- 50% of children admit being scared of their online bullies
- 92% of cyberbullying attacks happen through commenting on social media websites
- Bullying victims are up to 9 times more likely to commit suicide
- Only 2 in 10 victims will inform their parents or teachers of online attacks
- Girls are twice as likely to be the victims of cyberbullying
- The type of cyberbullying tends to differ by gender; girls were more likely to say someone spread rumors about them online while boys were more likely to say that someone threatened to hurt them online.
We’ve gathered some tips on how you and your kids can detect, prevent, and stop cyber bullying! The most important thing to remember is that society has made cyberbullying out to be this big, scary thing when we have power over it!