The Cyberbullying Issue (And What Teachers Can Do To Help)

Cyberbullying poses a problem for students that teachers and parents often can’t help with – because they don’t always know. The internet (and mobile technologies) has brought bullying to a place outside the easy access of adults, who can’t intervene if they don’t know there’s a problem. With over 80% of teens using cell phones and social media sites, technology is connecting our students in ways they may be unable to escape.

The handy infographic below takes a look at some statistics about cyberbullying, along with some tips for both parents and educators. Keep reading to learn more.

Cyberbullying

  • Over 80% of teens use both cell phones and social media sites
  • 1 in 6 teens are cyberbullied
  • 16.2% of high school students have reported being bullied in the last year
  • Girls are cyberbullied two times as often as boys
  • White students are cyberbullied two times as often as black students
  • 10th grade is typically the worst for cyberbullying
  • Bullying is illegal in every US state except for Montana
  • The state with the highest cyberbullying rate is New Hampshire, where 21.6% of teens report that they’ve been cyberbullied
  • Cyberbullying occurs less than offline bullying (16% vs 20%)
  • Students who are cyberbullied are more likely to commit suicide
  • Only 1 in 10 students who are cyberbullied reach out for help

Tips For Teachers

  • Teach your students that cyberbullying is wrong
  • Listen and respond to all reports of cyberbullying
  • Create a system for reports to be documented
  • Have students work on anti-cyberbullying projects
  • Host speakers on the topic of bullying
  • Ensure that your classroom is a safe place

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1 Comment

  1. Elliott

    April 7, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Would be interesting to identify the bully rather than the bullied. For example, you state that girls are twice as likely to be bullied than boys, but it would be more relevant to know that ( hypothetical ) 15 year old girls are twice as likely to be bullies than 15 year old boys, or that ( another hypothetical ) Hispanic boys are twice as likely to be bullies than black boys. Also would be interesting to know if bullying is higher / lower across economic / social lines. Keep up the great work. E.