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Bullying is a major risk factor for many issues among children such as mental health, education, and social relationships. Bullying could have long-lasting effects that can often be carried right through to adulthood. Social media has made it possible for children and young people to be in constant contact with each other most of the time but at the same time, it has made it possible for cyberbullying to take place. 

Covid-19 pandemic has made online interaction an indispensable way of interaction with children sometimes required to learn online. This interaction is mostly positive but it also presents opportunities for bullies to continue their abuse even when not physically near an individual. 

This article analyzes social media bullying statistics. Keep reading!

Editor’s Take

  • 28% Social media users have been cyberbullied at least once within the last year and among the platforms 12% Twitter, 11.4% Facebook, 4.7% Youtube and others platforms.
  • 12% Twitter users have been cyberbullied which is the highest compared to other social media platform.
  • Users spends 1 to 5 hour daily using the internet (1-2 hour:18.3% , 3–4 hours: 38.0%; 5–6 hours: 33.7%)
  • 21% of children have had a cyberbullying experience.
  • 56% of cyberbullying crimes were reported between January and July 2020.
  • 81% reported that they felt moderately to very safe using the Internet.
  • By January 2020, 44% of all internet users had experienced online harassment.
  • The type of cyberbullying that was most common was offensive name-calling at 37% of all cases.
  • A two-year interval increase in the age of a child increased the likelihood of cyberbullying by 2%

1.  Cyberbullying was more prevalent on kids on YouTube at 79% followed by Snapchat at 69 percent, TikTok at 64%, and Facebook at 49%.

(Source: Security)

This statistic reflects the popularity of social media sites YouTube is the most popular social media platform among teens used by 85% of teens, followed by Instagram at 72% and Snapchat at 69%.  

2.  22% of children from households with annual incomes of under $75,000 were cyberbullied compared to 11% of those from houses with annual incomes of over $75,000.

(Source: Security)

Children from lower-income families were twice more likely to be cyberbullied than kids from high-income families.

3.  More than 50% of teens felt angry after being cyberbullied, about 33% felt hurt, and almost 15% felt scared.

(Source: Security)

Two-thirds of cyberbullying victims were affected by how they negatively felt about themselves. Almost a third of them indicated that cyberbullying incidents affected their friendships, while 13% had their physical health affected.

4.  36% of those who were bullied asked the bully to stop compared to 34% who blocked all communication with the bully, 29%, who did nothing, and 11% who talked to their parents about the incidents.

(Source: Security)

Only a few cyberbullying victims talked with their parents about online bullying incidents. The rest looked for their ways of dealing with the incidents such as blocking the bully and asking them to stop.

5.  Nearly two-thirds of teens had tried to help someone who was being bullied online, and 30% had tried to help multiple times.  

(Source: Security)

This is according to a study conducted by the Cyberbullying Research Center. This means that in most cases youths seek assistance from their colleagues whenever they are bullied instead of seeking assistance from their parents or other authorities.

6.  The leading type of cyberbullying was name-calling at 42% followed by spreading false rumors at 32%

(Source: University of Nevada, Reno)

This is based on a survey done in 2018. Other types of cyberbullying were in order of their prevalence were receiving unsolicited explicit images at 25%, Having their activities and whereabouts tracked by someone other than a parent 21%, physical threats 16%, and having their explicit images shared without their consent 7%.

7.  90% of teens believe online harassment is a problem to people their age compared to 63% identify it as a major problem.

(Source: University of Nevada, Reno)

Although 90 percent of teenagers believe that cyberbullying is a problem for people of their age a lesser percentage see this as a major problem.

8.  70% of young people have had a cyberbullying experience, with 37% experiencing cyberbullying on a high-frequency basis.

(Source: RSPH)

This statistic is extremely worrying for the overall health and wellbeing of our young people. Victims of bullying most often experience low academic performance, depression, anxiety, self-harm, feelings of loneliness, and changes in sleeping and eating patterns. The effects of bullying could alter the course of a young person’s life as they undertake important exams at school or university, and as they develop personally and socially.

9.  59% of teenagers in the US have been bullied or harassed online.

(Source: Pew Research)

An equal share identifies bullying as a major problem for people their age. Teenagers also think that teachers, social media companies, and politicians have failed to address this issue. Almost 60% of U.S. teens have personally experienced at least one of six types of abusive online behaviors.

10.  57% of teenage parents worry about their teens receiving or sending explicit images, and 25% acknowledge that this worries them a lot.

(Source: Pew Research)

This statistic is from a separate Center survey of parents. The statistic shows that parents are concerned about their children’s security when online. Teens are positive regarding the way parents address cyberbullying with 59% content of the parents’ efforts. In contrast, they blame key groups, such as teachers, social media companies, and politicians for failing to tackle this issue.

11.  79% of teenagers rank elected officials poorly in how they address this problem compared to 66% who poorly rank groups such as social media sites, other users who witness harassment happening online are ranked poorly by 64%, and 58% rank teachers.

(Source: Pew Research)

Most teenagers have no confidence in the way politicians handle cyberbullying.

12.  60% of girls and 59% of boys have at one time or another suffered from at least one of six abusive online behaviors.

(Source: Pew Research)

An almost equal percentage of boys and girls have encountered online bullying. However, online rumor-mongering or nonconsensual explicit messages are more prevalent among girls than boys are.

13.  39% of girls indicated that someone has spread false rumors about them online, compared to 26% of boys.

(Source: Pew Research)

The prevalence of the types of harassment that teenagers encounter is dependent on gender. While similar shares of boys and girls have encountered abuse, such as name-calling or physical threats online, there are cyberbullying forms that are more prevalent among girls than they are among boys.

14.  29% of girls receive explicit images they did not ask for compared to 20% of boys.

(Source: Pew Research)

Girls also are the main target of these types of messages and the experience is more common among older girls with 35% of girls between 15 and 17 years receiving unwanted explicit images, compared to 20% of boys in this age range.

15.  40% of teens have experienced two or more forms of online bullying

(Source: Pew Research)

Online harassment does not begin and end with one specific behavior. Different forms of bullying may arise at a time. Girls are more likely than boys to have experienced several different forms of online bullying. 15% of teenage girls have been the target of at least four online bullying forms compared to 6% of boys.

16.  67% of teenagers who constantly use the internet have been cyberbullied, compared to 53% of those who rarely use the internet.

(Source: Pew Research)

The possibility of teens being cyberbullied is dependent on the frequency of the teenager’s use of the internet. half of the teens who are near-constant internet users have been called offensive names online more times than those who use the internet less frequently who account for 36%.

17.  90% of the parents are confident that they can educate their child about proper online conduct.

(Source: Pew Research)

A majority of parents believe they can provide their children with appropriate advice to make good online decisions. 45% of the parents expressed confidence in their ability to guide their children regarding online behavior.

18.  64% of parents of teenage girls worry over their children being bullied compared to 54% of those whose children are boys.

(Source: Pew Research)

The parental concerns over online bullying for their children tend to vary depending on the child’s gender. Parents of teenage girls are more worried than parents of teenage boys.

Final Thought

Bullying can negatively affect the life of the victims throughout their lives. The advent of the internet has made it possible for bullies to continue with their crimes even when they are far away from the victim. According to the National Crime Prevention Council, the most effective way to prevent cyberbullying, among teenagers is to block the bully. Online bullying is a crime that should be handled properly and the bully should be made to face the consequences of his or her actions.



University of Nevada, Reno


Pew Research

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