SOCIAL MEDIA BULLYING

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STATISTICS

  • About 37% of young people between the ages of 12 and 17 have been bullied online. 30% have had it happen more than once.

  • 95% of teens in the U.S. are online, and the vast majority access the internet on their mobile devices, making it the most common medium for cyberbullying.

  • 23% of students reported that they’ve said or done something mean or cruel to another person online. 27% reported that they’ve experienced the same from someone else.

  • Girls are more likely than boys to be both victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying. 15% of teen girls have been the target of at least four different kinds of abusive online behaviors, compared with 6% of boys.

  • About half of LGBTQ+ students experience online harassment -- a rate higher than average.

  • Instagram is the social media site where most young people report experiencing cyberbullying, with 42% of those surveyed experiencing harassment on the platform.

  • Young people who experience cyberbullying are at a greater risk than those who don’t for both self-harm and suicidal behaviors.

  • 83% of young people believe social media companies should be doing more to tackle cyberbullying on their platforms.

  • 60% of young people have witnessed online bullying. Most do not intervene.

  • Only 1 in 10 teen victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.

  • 4 out of 5 students (81%) say they would be more likely to intervene in instances of cyberbullying if they could do it anonymously.

SELF ESTEEM

  • Low self-esteem is a thinking disorder in which the individual views him/herself as inadequate, unlovable, and/or incompetent. Once formed, this negative view permeates every thought, producing faulty assumptions and ongoing self-defeating behavior.

  • Among high school students, 44% of girls and 15% of guys are attempting to lose weight.

  • Over 70% of girls age 15 to 17 avoid normal daily activities, such as attending school, when they feel bad about their looks. Brighten someone’s day by posting encouraging messages on your school’s bathroom mirrors. 

  • More than 40% of boys in middle school and high school regularly exercise with the goal of increasing muscle mass.

 

  • 75% of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking, or disordered eating. This compares to 25% of girls with high self-esteem.

  • About 20% of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood.[6]Teen girls that have a negative view of themselves are 4 times more likely to take part in activities with boys that they've ended up regretting later.

  • The top wish among all teen girls is for their parents to communicate better with them. This includes frequent and more open conversations.

  • 38% of boys in middle school and high school reported using protein supplements and nearly 6% admitted to experimenting with steroids.

  • 7 in 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school, and relationships with friends and family members.

  • A girl’s self-esteem is more strongly related to how she views her own body shape and body weight than how much she actually weighs.