Peer victimization in children and adolescents is associated with higher rates of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts (JAMA Pediatrics, 2014).

Cyberbullying was strongly related to suicidal ideation in comparison with traditional bullying (JAMA Pediatrics, 2014).

Cyberbullying has negative effects on victims, such as lowering self-esteem, increasing depression and producing feelings of powerlessness (Anderson, 2014).

About 21% of teens have been cyberbullied and about 15% admitted to cyberbullying others at some point in their lifetimes. (Patchin & Hindjua 2013)

All info below from Pew Internet Study

Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites

How American teens navigate the new world of digital citizenship (Lenhart, Madden, et al 2011) 88% of social media-using teens have witnessed other people be mean or cruel on social network sites.

Among social media users, 88% of teens have seen someone be mean or cruel to another person on a social network site. Asked, “When you’re on a social networking site, how often do you see people being mean or cruel?,” teens who use social network sites say the following about how frequently they witnessed such behavior:

12% say they witnessed cruel behavior “frequently.”

29% say they saw meanness on social network sites “sometimes.”

47% say they saw such behavior “only once in a while.”

25% of social media teens have had an experience on a social network site that resulted in a face-to-face argument or confrontation with someone.

22% have had an experience that ended their friendship with someone.

13% have had an experience that caused a problem with their parents.

13% have felt nervous about going to school the next day.

8% have gotten into a physical fight with someone else because of something that happened on a social network site.

6% have gotten in trouble at school because of an experience on a social network site.

Social media-using teens who have witnessed online cruelty say that people most often appear to ignore the situation, with a slightly smaller number of teens saying they also see others defending someone and telling others to stop their cruel behavior.

95% of social media-using teens who have witnessed cruel behavior on the sites say they have seen others ignoring the mean behavior; 55% witness this frequently.

84% have seen people defend the person being harassed, with 27% seeing this frequently.

84% have seen others tell someone to stop; 20% report seeing this frequently.

A majority of teens say their own reaction has been to ignore mean behavior when they see it on social media.

When asked about their own behavior, social media-using teens are most likely to say they ignore the behavior themselves, though others defend the victim and tell people to stop.

90% of social media-using teens who have witnessed online cruelty say they have ignored mean behavior on social media, and more than a third (35%) have done this frequently.

80% say they have defended the victim; 25% have done so frequently.

79% have told the other person to stop being mean and cruel; 20% have done so frequently

For general advice and influence, parents are still the top source for teen internet and cell phone users. However, teens receive advice from a wide array of sources.

86% of online and cell phone-using teens say they have received general advice about how to use the internet responsibly and safely from their parents.

70% of online and cell-using teens say they have gotten advice about internet safety from teachers or another adult at school.

45% have received advice from friends or classmates, 45% have received general advice from an older relative, and 46% have received internet safety advice from a brother, sister, or cousin.

58% of teen internet and cell phone users say their parents have been the biggest influence on what they think is appropriate or inappropriate when using the internet or a cell phone.

18% of teens say their friends have been their biggest influence on appropriate internet or cell phone behavior.

18% say “no one” has influenced them.


© Sarah Darer Littman 2015