CyberBullyingCyberbullying Statistics (older archives available here)

  • A 2016 report from the Cyberbullying Research Center indicates that 33.8% of students between 12 and 17 were victims of cyberbullying in their lifetime. Conversely, 11.5% of students between 12 and 17 indicated that they had engaged in cyberbullying in their lifetime. (Cyberbullying Research Center, 2016).
  •  Among Internet users of Canadians between ages 15 - 29,  17 percent  (or 1 in 5) said they had been victims of cyberstalking or cyberbullying in the previous five years. (Statistics Canada, December 2016).
  • In a random sample study over 14% admitted to cyberbullying another person, with spreading rumors online, via text, or email being the most common form of bullying. (Cyberbullying Research Center, 2015).
  • Girls (40.6%) are much more likely to be victims of cyberbullying than boys (28.8%). Girls also dominate social media, while boys tend to play videogames. (Cyberbullying Research Center, 2015).
  • 2015 random sample study of 11-15 year olds in the Midwest found that over 34% reported being the victim of cyberbullying in their lifetime.  (Cyberbullying Research Center, 2015).
  • A study by McAfee, found that 87% of teens have observed cyberbullying. (McAfee, 2014 Teens and the Screen study: Exploring Online Privacy, Social Networking and Cyberbullying).
  • More than half of teens have witnessed cyberbullying on social media. Cox. (2014) "Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey." The Futures Company. 
  • 54% of teens surveyed have witnessed online bullying: Cox. (2014) "Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey." The Futures Company. 
    • 39% on Facebook
    • 29% on YouTube
    • 22% on Twitter
    • 22% on Instagram
  • 60% of teens who admit to being bullied online have told an adult (compared to 40% last year). Cox. (2014) "Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey." The Futures Company. 
  • Teens who report being bullied say it was because of their: 
    • 61% appearance Media Center
    • 25% academic achievement/intelligence
    • 17% race
    • 15% sexuality
    • 15% financial status
    • 11% religion
    • 20% other Cox. (2014) "Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey." The Futures Company. 
  • Encourage parents and guardians to spend 15 minutes per day talking to their kids. (The KnowBullying App has conversation starters). Cox. (2014) "Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey." The Futures Company. 
  • Of the students that reported cyberbullying (Zweig, Dank, Lachman & Yahner, 2013):

    ·   25% of teens on social media reported having an experience resulting in a face-to-face confrontation with someone.

    ·   13% reported concern about having to go to school the next day.

    ·   12% reported being called names they didn’t like via text messages.

    ·   11% received a text message from another student intended to hurt their feelings.

    ·   8 % reported having physical altercations with someone because of something that occurred on a social network site. 

    ·   6%reported another student sending an instant message or chat to hurt their feelings.

    ·   4% reported having something put on a profile page to hurt their feelings.

    ·   3% reported receiving a nasty email from another student.

  • There is online bullying among youth 8-17 worldwide. (Microsoft, June 2012)
  • 95% of social media-using teens who have witnessed cruel behavior on social networking sites say they have seen others ignoring the mean behavior; 55% witness this frequently. (PEW Internet Research Center, FOSI, Cable in the Classroom, 2011)
    • 84% have seen the people defend the person being harassed; 27% report seeing this frequently. 
    • 84% have seen the people tell cyberbullies to stop bullying; 20% report seeing this frequently. 
  • 66% of teens who have witnessed online cruelty have also witnessed others joining; 21% say they have also joined in the harassment. (PEW Internet Research Center, FOSI, Cable in the Classroom, 2011)
  • 90% of social media-using teens who have witnessed online cruelty say they have ignored mean behavior on social media; 35% have done this frequently. (PEW Internet Research Center, FOSI, Cable in the Classroom, 2011)
    • 80% say they have defended the victim; 25% have done so frequently
    • 79% have told the cyberbully to stop being mean and cruel; 20% have done so frequently
  • Only 7% of U.S. parents are worried about cyberbullying, even though 33% of teenagers have been victims of cyberbullying. (PEW Internet and American Life Survey, 2011)
  • 85% of parent of youth ages 13-17 report their child has a social networking account. (American Osteopathic Association, 2011)
  • 52% of parents are worried their child will be bullied via social networking sites. (American Osteopathic Association, 2011)
  • 1 in 6 parents know their child has been bullied via a social networking site. (American Osteopathic Association, 2011)
  • One million children were harassed, threatend or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying on Facebook during the past year. (Consumer Reports, 2011)
  • Bullying over texting is becoming much more common. (University of New Hampshire, 2011)