The Inconvenient Truth About Cyberbullying

 Written By: Ryan Smith, Megan Meier Foundation Intern

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Unfortunately, children going up in today’s society have more to worry about than those of generations past. One of the biggest concerns for our youth is the issue of cyberbullying, and bullying in general.

According to bullyingstatistics.org, nearly 50% of all teens will be victims of cyberbullying at some point in their lives. Of that 50%, only 1 in 10 teens will inform a parent or another responsible adult of what is going on.

Do these numbers come as a shock to the general public? For many yes, however, as we stand here in 2015, we are much more aware of the dangers of bullying/cyberbullying than we were 10+ years ago.

With that said, Tech Times decided to conduct a study to dig a little deeper into the issue of cyberbullying in today’s world from the teens first-hand experience.

The study found that while teenagers are aware of the risks and dangers cyberbullying can bring, they do not feel as though they will be personally be affected. Essentially, they have the “it won’t happen to me” attitude, a way of thinking we are all too familiar with in our youth.

 “Our findings suggest that whilst young people are aware of the potential risks associated with cyberbullying, they believe that they are less likely to experience cyberbullying than their peers,” says study researcher Lucy Betts of Nottingham Trent University. “This unrealistic perception of invulnerability appears to lead many to think it is something that happens to other people.”

The study goes on to say that teenagers felt less threatened than their peers (particularly those in other friend groups), students who were younger than them, and complete strangers when it came to cyberbullying.

Similar studies also concluded that cyberbullying severely affected student academics and that cyberbullying had no correlation to the neighborhood you live in or how wealthy your parents, guardian, or friends are.

The bottom line: cyberbullying can and does happen to anyone, regardless of what their age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status may be.

If you wish to learn more about the cyberbullying study, please check out the July-August issue of the Journal of Criminal Justice.

 


With your help, we can make a difference. Help end the fight against bullying. Join the conversation using the hashtag

#StopBullying and #BeTheChange.

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