Seven percent of students have experienced online bullying


Cyberbullying may be a new idea to many, but it’s been around long enough to create broader fears and anxieties among those who are victims, especially students who fear overflow bullying at school.

Cyberbullying leads to fear

Traditional bullying of the one-on-one variety still creates the most fear among students. However, a new study from Sam Houston State University found that cyberbullying is a significant factor for fear of victimization at school among students who have experienced bullying. Cyberbullying fear is most significant in minority communities.

Offline consequences

"It cannot be overstated - online victimization has offline consequences, and those consequences may have a number of negative effects for students, including fear of victimization,” explained Ryan Randa, Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice.

Threatening online behavior

Cyberbullying is any behavior on digital or electronic media by individuals or groups who repeatedly communicate hostile or aggressive messages intended to inflict harm or discomfort on others. Bullying and cyberbullying may lead to consequences for victims like decreased academic performance, diminished perceptions of safety, depression, anxiety, reduced self-esteem, self-harm, emotional distress and thoughts of suicide.

Bully by exclusion

The SHSU study was based on a survey of more than 3500 students from 12-18 years old across the United States. The survey included questions about bullying and cyberbullying encompassing whether hurtful information had been posted online or through online communication like email, instant messaging or even online gaming communication networks. They also asked about bullying by exclusion.

About 7% of students surveyed said they had experienced cyberbullying while 29% reported they were victims of more traditional bullying.

Source: MedicalNewsToday, SHSU Security Journal


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