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.
- It’s becoming more common. In fact, one in four teens have been a victim of cyberbullying.
- Appearance is the number one reason for cyberbullying, followed by academic achievement, race and sexuality.
- More than half of teens have witnessed cyberbullying.
- Almost half of teens said the victim of cyberbullying became defensive and angry.
- 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