Cyber Bullying is a Major Issue Among Children According to Statistics

July 21, 2011 by
Filed under: bullying 

Did you think that cyber-bullying was just a minor issue amongst children? Well, after reading some of the statistics below, you’ll probably think otherwise. I-SAFE Inc. surveyed 2003-2004 and found out some startling statistics:

According to I-Safe:

  • 52% of kids have been bullied while online. 1 in 4 have had it happen more than once.
  • 45% of kids have been threatened online. Nearly 1 in 5 have had it happen more than once.
  • 41% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mail or other messages.
  • 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out of 10 say it has happened more than once.
  • 53% of kids admit having said something mean or hurtful to another person online. More than 1 in 3 have done it more than once.
  • 58% have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online.” [Source: I-Safe]
Such statistics emphasize the importance of child protection. Bullying can be much more than a physical assault. As evidenced from the stats above, cyber bullying is an unconventional form of bullying that still can have a negative impact on a child’s development.
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Reference:

I-Safe, Inc. (2011). “Cyber bullying statistics and tips”. Online. Retrieved 7/21/11 from http://www.isafe.org

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