Unseen but not unheard: Cyber Bullying
We spoke about bullying and physical bullying in our last article, but there’s another, newer form of bullying on the rise, especially these days, when we’re all isolated from each other. And that is cyber bullying. Cyber bullying remains largely underestimated, as we don’t consider the harmful effects of it since they’re not seen, unlike physical bullying. There’s also the impression that if you can’t see your bully, or they can’t touch you, then you’re safe. That is not the case.
20 facts about cyberbullying
1. Over 6% of global users have had their online accounts hacked, and 4% have lost access to their device due to hackers
2. Internet trolls are most active on social media. 38% observe trolling behavior on such platforms, while 23% have seen them frequently “operate” on video sharing websites.
3. Searches for “cyberbullying” have tripled in the last decade.
4. Global cyberbullying awareness is at 75%. Sweden and Italy are leading the chart with 91% awareness.
5. Bullies often ridicule disabilities and mental problems like autism (75%), physical defects (70%), and learning problems (52%)
6. 42% of LGBT youth have experienced cyberbullying. 35% of them have received online threats, while 58% have been a victim of hate speech at least once.
7. Alarming facts about cyberbullying in Asian countries — a survey among 3000 students revealed 48.4% have had embarrassing videos of them posted online and 47.3% have been a victim of hate speech.
8. Social media cyberbullying is most prevalent in Instagram (42%), followed by Facebook (37%) and Snapchat (31%).
9. Victim stats suggest women are most vulnerable on Facebook (57%). Other high-risk social platforms are Facebook Messenger (23%) and Instagram (10%).
edia bullying statistics put LGBT teens at a 5x higher risk of being abused on Facebook.
10. 38% of gamers have had an online account hacked at least once.
11. Teens attribute the increasing cases of bullying in gaming to anonymity (86%), ignorance of real-life repercussions (76%), and no fear of punishment (73%).
12. What types of games do online bullies fancy most? Cyberbullying statistics put the MMORPGs on top the list with 26.8%, closely followed by shooters and sports games.
13. Parental awareness and subsequent actions vary considerably around the world. Over 37% of parents in India have reported their child suffering from online bullying. In Japan and Russia, that number is less than 4%.
14. Over 20,000 parents participated in a worldwide research about high-risk online platforms. 65% single out cyberbullying on social media as their biggest fear. Other common threats include text messaging (38%) and chat rooms (34%).
15. Asian parents are well aware of the dangers of online harassment and often try to discuss online behavior with their children. Cyberbullying stats reveal 46% do it “all the time” and 39% raise the topic every now and then. Only 12% have never talked about the issue.
16. From those bullied in the last year, 37% developed social anxiety while 36% fell into depression.
17. Online abuse and suicidal thoughts are directly interconnected. 24% have contemplated suicide after continuous cyberbullying.
18. It’s not all grim when it comes to online abuse. 24% of cyberbullying witnesses in Asia became more vigilant, and 7% felt inspired to make a change.
19. Most significant psychological impacts for female victims of cyberbullying include feelings of powerlessness (66%), loss of sleep (63%), and lower self-esteem (61%).
20. Over 70% of teens say that blocking the account of the perpetrator was the most effective method for internet safety.How can we identify and stop cyber bullying?
- Don’t respond or retaliate. Better safe than sorry.
- Collect evidence. The good thing about it being online is that screenshots and saved messages are key.
- Block the person.
- Report the person.
- If you feel unsafe, don’t hesitate to ask for help from any trusted adult.
Cyber bullying is navigated with trust, help, and a good support system. Don’t be afraid to confide in someone you trust and take necessary action. It might start off as a small thing, but trust your instincts and be wary. Protect your information and identity as much as you can. Be aware.