School Safety Survey
Year 1 Findings
Cyberbullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that takes place using electronic means.
How often does cyberbullying occur?
25.9% of students reported experiencing at least one instance of cyberbullying.
That is approximately 1 in 4 students
22.9% also admitted to engaging in cyberbullying.
There were no gender differences in perpetration or victimization rates.
According to the data, there was overlap between reports of victimization and perpetration.
Cyberbullying Victims Also Report
Cyberbullying seems to be an extension of other types of bullying, particularly relational aggression. In that, those who experienced cyberbullying also experienced other types of bullying - both as victim & perpetrator.
We asked 447 high school students about their most recent experience with physical, verbal, social, or cyber aggression in their school in the past 6 months.
Cyberbullying Victims Also Report...
Cyberbullies & Consequences
Those experiencing cyberbullying scored the highest on indices of being hurt, having drops in their self-esteem, and perceiving the experience as carrying higher social, emotional, and physical costs compared to those experiencing others types of bullying.
Funding provided by the National Institute of Justice School Safety Initiative
Social Relations Collaborative at Mississippi State University
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The negative effects were particularly high the closer the friendship with the aggressor.
Sending mean text messages or emails
Creating fake profiles or harmful websites
Spreading rumors over email or social media
Posting embarrassing pictures or videos
Forwarding private information
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43% experienced cyberbullying from more than one aggressor.
58% felt targeted because of the group they belonged to.
85.3% felt their aggressor acted on behalf of a group.
49.3% identified their aggressor as someone they had considered a friend.