According to recent reports, both physical and cyber bullying are on the rise. In a recent study, 28% of students in grades 6-12 admit to experiencing bullying either online or in person. Bullying can cause significant harm to youth both physically and emotionally and can occur both in person and via social media and other online platforms, called cyber-bullying.
For today’s youth, much of bullying takes place outside of the school environment and is often not in person at all. Cyber-bullying has grown to affect more and more youth as the younger generations spend more of their time online.
Cyber bullying takes place on many of the popular social media platforms that youth spend their time and can make it easier for bullies to reach larger numbers of victims. There are ways to monitor your teen’s social media use to investigate potential instances of bullying and to pay attention for signs that indicate bullying is occurring.
It is estimated that up to 64% of youth experience bullying, however, many fail to report instances of bullying for fear of retaliation. The numbers indicate that most students will experience cyber bullying at some point in their lifetime which highlights the importance of identifying, educating and preventing bullying.
Understanding where bullying takes place and keeping kids safe online are important steps to ensure bullying doesn’t take place. Cyber bullying can reach kids as young as elementary school and can extend through college and university. Although this method of bullying does not result in immediate physical harm, the damage can be equally as troubling.
Those who are subject to instances of cyber bullying can experience depression, lack of focus, stress and can see decreased performance in their education and social life. With bullying affecting the majority of youth in one way or another, it is critical the problem be addressed in a meaningful way.
One way to help those affected by physical and cyber bullying is to raise awareness of these issues and to refuse to be a bystander who lets bullying continue. This issue can be dealt with the proper awareness and can save lives in the process. AU’s School of Education team has put together below infographic illusrating what is bullying and how to prevent it in a simple yet effective manner.