There is a real problem happening all over the world now and that is the increasing incidents of cyber bullying. When fighting a problem, it’s always necessary to be aware and know as much as possible about the issue. So here are some of the most important cyber bullying facts you should know:
- 90% of teenagers who have seen cyber bullying on social media and other forms like email and text messages say they have not paid attention to it or just let it pass.
- 84% have seen other people tell cyber bullies to stop in what they’re doing.
- There is only 1 in 10 victims of cyber bullying who will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuses or the issues that they face online.
- Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying whether on social media, text messaging, or emails.
- About 58% of children say that someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online while there are more than 4 out 10 say it has happened more than once.
- Victims of cyber bullying are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide because of the torment they get from online bullying.
- About 75% of students admit they have visited a website bashing another student or participating in cyber bullying.
- Over 80% of teenagers use a cell phone regularly, thus making the gadget as the most common medium used for cyber bullying.
- 68% of teen agers agree that cyber bullying is a major or serious problem right now and it hard to beat the cyberbully.
- 81% of young people think cyber bullying is so much more easier to get away with than bullying in person.
- Nearly 43% of kids have experienced in their life cyber bullying. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once.
- 70% of students have said or reported seeing frequent cyber bullying.
What can you do now to stop cyber bullying?
You can start to fight cyber bullying by filling your friend’s Facebook account with positive messages rather than negative ones. Start a Facebook page for students to submit positive acts they see in school to promote a culture of positivity on and offline.
If you get bullied online, it’s better not to respond. If someone cyber bullies you, don’t forget that your reaction is usually exactly what the bully wants. Don’t give him or her power over you by responding to his or her mean words.
Don’t try to take revenge. Getting back at the person bullying you turns you into one and asserts the bully’s behavior. Help evade the whole cycle of aggression by not retaliating.
Make sure you save some proof about the bullying for future reference. The only good news about online or cyber bullying is that the harassing messages can usually be taken as a screenshot, saved, and shown to someone who can help. You need to do this even if it’s minor stuff, in case things escalate.
Remember that you must talk to a trusted adult if you are being cyber bullied. You deserve to have someone support you. It’s always good to involve a parent but – if you can’t – a school teacher or counselor or a relative that you trust. Sometimes both are needed. If you’re really worried about confiding to people, see if there’s a way to report the incident anonymously at school.
Block the bully from your social media or accounts. If the bullying or mean comments come in the form of instant messages, texts, or profile comments, do yourself a favor: Use preferences or privacy tools to block the person. If it’s in chat, leave the “room.”
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