Imagine growing up in a small town where everyone knows your name.
They know you have ADHD, or are autistic, or transgender, or for some other reason you aren’t quite “like everyone else” and they make sure you never forget that.
It doesn’t matter which school you transfer to in the area, someone knows about you. They know all of your “faults” and all the stories that accompany them and as soon as you settle in somewhere new, everyone else soon knows about you too.
Some students leave vicious notes in your locker and others shove your books off your desk. There’s few places you can go to get away from them.
Even if you didn’t live in a small town, this scenario probably sounds familiar to you.
Thanks to modern technology, today’s bullies can inflict even wider spread damage on their victims. They only need a few dozen connections to spread hurtful information online and turn their target into a social outcast.
Left to fend for themselves, victims can develop depression and social anxiety that has the potential to manifest itself into issues at school, such as social isolation, suicidal thoughts and attempts, and sometimes violence on school grounds. These problems not only distract students from their education, but have the potential to put students in harm’s way.
I’ve compiled a list of ten cyberbullying statistics every school administrator should know so they can understand the depth of the issue and build and strengthen policies against bullying.
10 cyberbulling statistics
1. Girls (36.3%) are more likely to experience cyberbullying than boys (30.7%) (Source: Cyberbullying Research Center)
Via Cyberbullying Research Center
2. 71% of Millennials and Gen Z’ers are concerned about the impacts of cyberbullying (Source: ReportLinker)
3. Almost a quarter (24%) of those who are cyberbullied said they have had their private information shared online (Source: DitchTheLabel)
4. Of those that have experienced cyberbullying, 24% had suicidal thoughts (Source: DitchTheLabel)
5. Over half (55.2%) of LGBTQ students have experienced cyberbullying (Source: StopBullying.gov)
6. One-third of those in younger generations report having sent explicit messages or images (Source: ReportLinker)
7. 33.8% of students between the ages of 12 and 17 have been the victims of cyberbullying in their lifetime (Source: Cyberbullying Research Center)
8. 15% of kids age 12 to 17 have been targeted online as well as at school (Source: Cyberbullying Research Center)
Via Cyberbullying Research Center
9. Harassment and bullying have been linked in some way to 75% of school shooting incidents (Source: NVEEE)
10. At least one million children are harassed, threatened, or bullied on Facebook each year (Source: NVEEE)
Other education statistics and trends
Bullying, in person and online, continues to burden students, teachers, and parents with no real end in sight.
Scholastic and StopBullying.org have both written up guides on steps schools can take to prevent bullying through various means, including bringing parents in on the solution. Be sure to check them out for ideas for your school.
Are there any solutions your school has implemented to curb bullying? How did they work out? Let us know in the comment section below.
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