Cyberbullying: From the Playground to the Web [Infographic]

| July 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

(TRIGGER WARNING: BULLYING) We previously wrote about cyberbullying in our article Taking a Stand Against Bullying: A Roundup of Anti-Bullying Resources, and the topic has not ceased to be a issue since we published it in December of 2011. In fact, it’s possible that it’s gotten worse with the anonymity of online interactions. From Formspring to Facebook, teens can be attacked by faceless bullies online – and even though it’s not as physically harmful as beating someone up, it’s still has an impact on children’s psychological and mental well-being. The old adage, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” doesn’t always apply. Since suicide is the number 3 killer of teens in the United States, and with tragic stories like that of Phoebe Prince and Tyler Clementi,  words obviously DO have an impact. Luckily, campaigns like “It Gets Better” and federal initiatives like help many realize that bullying does have an impact on teens, and that it’s not something cool to do.

We found this infographic from that provides some fantastic statistics on cyberbullying in the United States. Some of these metrics include:

  • 42% of teenagers with tech access report being cyberbullied in the past year
  • 69% of teens own their own computer or smartphone device
  • The average US teen sends 420 texts each week
  • 7.5 million facebook users are under the age of 13
  • Of the these 7.5 million users 1 in 10 report being bullied on the site
  • Cyberbullied kids are twice as likely to commit suicide
  • 1 in 5 cyberbullied teens think about suicide, and 1 in 10 attempt it
Everyone knows that cyberbullying is an issue, but no one has come up with a realistic way of combatting it. How do you prevent your child from being cyberbullied, and how do you know that your child isn’t the one doing the cyberbullying? Reply in the comment section below.

 Cyberbullying: From the Playground to the Web [Infographic]

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