We all have been bullied or know someone who has been bullied at one point. It’s not a fun experience, and it actually has the potential to be quite damaging. But bullying has expanded since I was young, and no longer is restricted to the school play yards. Now, bullies have found their way into cyberspace, and as a result have become more aggressive, while many times even being able to cowardly hide their identity. “Cyber bullying” is defined as a young person tormenting, threatening, harassing, or embarrassing another young person using the Internet or other technologies, like cell phones. The psychological and emotional outcomes of cyber bullying are similar to those of real-life bullying. The difference is, real-life bullying often ends when school ends. For cyber bullying, there is no escape. And, it’s getting worse.
And it’s not stopping with kids. Bullies grow up, and bring their actions to the workplace. Professionally, cyber bullying has transformed into what I call cyber harassment. And adults are participating in this pathetic attempt to ruin the reputation of people, and sometimes for no reason at all. A good friend of mine is currently a victim of this nonsense, and I am split between being feeling frustrated verses feeling sorry for the person who is doing this. What is even more crazy is that the content that is posted is so far from the truth, no one in the world would ever believe it, nor would they give it a serious care. Every attempt that this cyber bully is making is quite comical because they don’t even know how to speak English properly, and it is clear as day that they are using black hat marketing tricks to try and drive up rankings.The only people that do this are people who are jealous of the one they are trying to hurt.
Enough of that though- see below for some crazy stats. This issue is serious.
1. Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once.
2. 70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online.
3. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.
4. 68% of teens agree that cyber bullying is a serious problem.
5. 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person.
6. 90% of teens who have seen social-media bullying say they have ignored it. 84% have seen others tell cyber bullies to stop.
7. Only 1 in 10 victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.
8. Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.
9. About 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out 10 say it has happened more than once.
10. Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide.
11. About 75% of students admit they have visited a website bashing another student.
Andraya Carson is a business advisor with G&A Partners, located in Scottsdale, Arizona. G&A Partners is dedicated to helping small to large size companies solve problems and issues in the areas of Human Resources, Workers Comp, Risk Management, Benefits and Payroll. If you are interested in learning how social media and cyber bullying can effect your workplace, please contact Andraya Carson for a complimentary consultation.