One in three online teens are victims of cyberbullies

About one-third or 32 percent of all U.S. teenagers who use the Internet report that they’ve been the victim of cyberbullying by other teens, according to new research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

More than half of all teens surveyed for this report said that bullying now happens more online than it does offline.

 

Pew says cyberbullying can include the following:

 

·          Sending threatening e-mail messages, instant messages (IM), or text messages

·          Forwarding private e-mail messages, IM, or text messages without the sender’s consent

·          Posting embarrassing pictures without consent

·          Spreading rumors online

 

Pew also reports that girls are more likely to be targets of cyberbullies, as are teens who share personal details about themselves online.

 

Download the full report.

 

If you’re a parent, you can help lessen the effects of cyberbullying by encouraging your teenagers to communicate openly with you, and by insisting that they keep personal information off the Web.

 

Microsoft offers these resources to help counter cyberbullying:

 

·          Help kids use social networking sites more safely

·          12 safety tips on blogging

·          Help kids deal with hateful content on the Internet

·          10 tips for dealing with game cyberbullies and griefers

·          Age-based guidelines for kids’ Internet use

·          10 things you can teach kids to improve their Web safety

 

 

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »