Do you know the following eight facts about cyberbullying?
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1. The ages during which cyberbullying intensifies.
2. Girls are more likely to be cyberbullied than boys.
Girls are more likely to be cyberbullied and face harassment than boys. Girls are also more likely to be sent non-consensual explicit pictures. Girls aged 15 – 17 often experience cyberbullying. However, it is essential to remember that teenage boys can also experience cyberbullying, particularly when they are gay or gender diverse.
3. Many young LGBTIQ+ young people experience cyberbullying and harassment.
Some studies indicate that over 50% of young people who identify as LGBTIQ+ have experienced cyberbullying or harassment. It is important to remember that this figure could be unreported, particularly if the young LGBTIQ+ person believes there is no point in reporting it.
4. The leading social media app for cyberbullying.
Instagram is the leading social media platform for cyberbullying. Like many platforms acknowledging the damaging effects of cyberbullying on young people’s mental health and well-being, Instagram is taking steps to try and prevent or reduce the incidence of cyberbullying.
5. Often cyberbullying will not be reported even by young people who know it is wrong
Often young people who experience cyberbullying or young people who witness cyberbullying will not report it because they are worried about what will happen. They are concerned the cyberbullying will become worse. Families and schools need to create safe environments where young people know their confidentiality will be protected and the matter will be dealt with in a way that does not exacerbate the situation.
6. There are different types of cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying can range from:
- Negative talk and spreading rumours.
- Excluding a person.
- Outing a person.
- Harassment and
Given the many ways cyber-bullying can occur, adults, parents, teachers need to be aware of the different types to provide support and assistance to young people.
7. Sexting can be a severe form of cyberbullying.
Sexting, sexual messages that aren’t consensual, and non-consensual explicit images are serious forms of cyberbullying. This kind of cyberbullying is also illegal.
8. Teaching young people to be good digital citizens can help in reducing the incidence of cyberbullying.
Being good digital citizens involves teaching young people about being empathetic and using digital etiquette to be respectful, understanding, and aware of the impact of their communications.