Content Warning: This post discusses sensitive topics. Topics include suicide, self-harm, mental health, and cyberbullying.
Cyber-Bullying Continues to Grow
The first bullying laws were a response to the 1999 Columbine shooting. At that time, few of those laws included anything related to cyberbullying. Cyberbullying went mainstream in 2007 when a teenager died by suicide. In this case, neighbors harassed her on MySpace with an anonymous profile. In response, lawmakers started to take action. But was it enough?
Due to smartphones in the mid-2000s, bullying increased. Now, bullies have access to a plethora of apps and other ways to target their victims. The statistics of online bullying since the start of social media are alarming.
Statistics of Cyber-Bullying Are Alarming
Boys and girls alike are victims of bullying and cyberbullying. While gender does not play a role, girls are more likely to report cyberbullying. The Cyberbullying Research Center discovered that 40.6% of girls report bullying. In contrast to boys, only 28.2% of them reported bullying.
StoBullying.gov collected statistics related to online bullying. The numbers include:
In contrast to the rise of cyberbullying, many states do not have specific laws that apply to it. Teachers, school officials, and others can intervene and help control bullying in school. Statistics prove that when bystanders intervene, bullying stops in 10 seconds. This statistic is accurate for 57% of cases of when a bystander intervenes.
Side Effects of Cyberbullying
In recent years, mental health has taken center stage. Statistics show a direct link between cyberbullying and mental health conditions. These mental health conditions include depression, anxiety, self-harm, low self-esteem, and suicide. Cyber-bullying can disrupt academic performance, impact well-being and lower happiness.
Tech companies like Google are taking an initiative to prevent cyber-bullying and more. Google announced their new Interland service to teach children how to stay safe online. The service is designed for grade school aged children in primary school. In addition to reporting online harassment and cyberbullying, know the laws from your state.
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