Cyberbullying is any form of bullying that takes place online. By now you no doubt know that cyberbullying is a serious issue experienced by many teenagers worldwide. But just how serious an issue is it? I’ve collated a whole heap of recent statistics that paint a very real picture of the impact cyberbullying is having….



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The Statistics [Text Version]:

  1. Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying (6)
  2. More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online (6)
  3. Girls are somewhat more likely than boys to be involved in cyber bullying (8)
  4. Boys are more likely to be threatened by cyber bullies than girls (7)
  5. Sites where cyber bullying is reported to take place: Facebook (84.2%), Instagram (23.4%), Twitter (21.4%), SnapChat (13.5%), Instant Messages (11.2%) (9)
  6. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it a common medium for cyber bullying (7)
  7. 11% of teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often using cell phone cameras (9)
  8. Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs (6)
  9. Mean, hurtful comments and spreading rumours are the most common types of cyber bullying (7)
  10. Over the last 3 years, there has been an 87% increase in the number of Childline’s counselling sessions regarding online bullying (1)
  11. 40% of 7 – 11 year olds know someone who has been cyberbullied (2)
  12. Cyber bullying victims are more likely to have low self esteem and to consider suicide (7)


  6. i-SAFE Inc., “Cyber Bullying: Statistics and Tips”
  7. Cyberbullying Research Center, “Summary of our cyberbullying research from 2004-2010”
  8. Richard Webster, Harford County Examiner, “From cyber bullying to sexting: What on your kids’ cell?”

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