Bullying used to be the tough kid beating up a smaller classmate. Today, cyber bullying is much more prevalent with students using electronic devices to send mean text messages, post rumors on social networking sites, and share embarrassing pictures and videos.
Video – Bullies and Bystanders: What Teens Say
Here are a few concerning facts from 2014 Cyberbullying Statistics:
- 25 percent of teenagers report that they have experienced repeated bullying via their cell phone or on the internet.
- Over half (52 percent) off young people report being cyber bullied.
- Of the young people who reported cyber bullying incidents against them, one-third (33 percent) of them reported that their bullies issued online threats.
- Over half (55 percent) of all teens who use social media have witnessed outright bullying via that medium.
- More than 80 percent of teens regularly use cell phones, making them the most popular form of technology and therefore a common medium for cyber bullying.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and now is an ideal time to get your school and students involved.
Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers several ways to show your support:
- Register your school or organization as a Champion Against Bullying
- Add your name to the digital “The End of Bullying Begins With Me” petition
- Sign up for the Bullying Prevention Newsletter
- Talk in your community about bullying prevention and local activities.
Stop Bullying: Take a Stand
StopBullying.gov offers several training resources as part of their Bullying Prevention Training Center, including a Bullying Prevention Training Module Presentation, a Community Action Toolkit that includes materials to create a community event, and Training for Educators and School Bus Drivers.
Encourage students to make a difference too! Recently, Harker School 5th grade student Yash Narayan received the “Best Educational App” award from iOSDevCamp (normally attended by adults), where he created an innovative app called BullyWatch. Using BullyWatch, when students feel bullied, they press a button that turns orange, expressing emotions to the bully of feeling bullied. Usually bullies will then back off, but if not, the student can press the watch for a few more seconds and it will turn red, sending a text message to school staff with the victimized student’s name and location, thus alerting teachers.
Visit Curriki to find a collection on bullying resources.