What every parent should know about cyberbullying.

Top 5 things every parent should know about cyberbullying 

Cyberbullying is a problem kids continue to face offline and online. In fact, our recent survey data shows there has been a significant increase in online bullying.

Here are five statistics from a recent survey conducted by Cox Communications in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that reveal why it’s so important for parents to proactively address cyberbullying.

  1. It’s becoming more common. In fact, one in four teens have been a victim of cyberbullying.
  2. Appearance is the number one reason for cyberbullying, followed by academic achievement, race and sexuality.
  3. More than half of teens have witnessed cyberbullying.
  4. Almost half of teens said the victim of cyberbullying became defensive and angry.
  5. Sixteen percent of teens said the victim of cyberbullying physically harmed himself/herself, and 12 percent said the victim dropped out of school.

Some signs your child maybe a victim of cyberbullying:

  • Avoids the computer, cellphone or other devices or appears stressed when receiving an e-mail, IM or text
  • Withdraws from family and friends or acts reluctant to attend school or social events
  • Avoids conversations about computer use
  • Exhibits signs of low self-esteem, including depression and/or fear
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