With today’s youth glued to their smartphones, digitally connected students face little to no escape when they become the target of cyberbullying. Chronic bullying during adolescence can induce psychopathology-relevant deviations and affect the normal development and structure of the brain.1 A 2022 National Institute of Health (NIH)-backed clinical study of more than 10,000 students found that victims of cyberbullying face an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts.2
There are 314 million school-aged children in the United States. Too few adults, including parents and educators know what is happening to digitally connected children when they are engaged on their devices, many for five to seven hours a day.
Adults have a duty to monitor online presence and social media activity to avoid bullying behavior or end it when discovered. Parents can face both civil and/or criminal liability for their child’s actions if another child is harmed as a result.
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are willing to step in to defend, support, or assist those being bullied at school and online when they see it.
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of students responded that they have been been a victim of cyberbullying in their lifetime.3
of students claim that being a victim of cyberbullying has negatively affected their confidence.4
of students claim that being a victim of cyberbullying has negatively impacted their relationships with friends.4
of students claim that being a victim of cyberbullying has negatively impacted their physical health.4
more students ages 10 – 19 have committed suicide in the past two decades (1999-2020), amid the tech expansion, than the previous two decades (1981-1999).5
higher likelihood of adolescents and teens who are cyberbullied to inflict self-harm, attempt or commit suicide.6
largest discipline issue in public schools today, more than doubling during the past decade, is cyberbullying.7
1 2018 study published in the Molecular Psychiatry scientific journal.
2 2022 National Institutes of Health (NIH)-backed clinical study
3 Do Something – 11 Facts About Cyberbullying
4 CN Cyberbullying Report 9.30.20
5 U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) data
6 Association of Cyberbullying Experiences and Perpetration With Suicidality in Early Adolescence.Arnon S, Brunstein Klomek A, Visoki E, Moore TM, Argabright ST,DiDomenico GE, Benton TD,Barzi‑ay R.JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Jun 1.
Self-Harm, Suicidal Behaviours, and Cyberbullying in Children and Young People:Systematic Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2018; 20 (4): e129 DOI: 10.2196/jmir.9044
Associations Between Time Spent Using Social Media and Internalizing and Externalizing Problems Among US Youth | Adolescent Medicine | JAMA Psychiatry |JAMA Network</span
7 A 2022 joint U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Department of Justice School Crime and Safety report