Bullying is a problem that has come to the forefront of the minds of many professionals who work with young people in recent years. What used to be something that was just seen as a ‘normal’ part of growing up in the United States is now properly recognized as a serious situation when it occurs. As such, researchers from across the globe have been putting in time in an effort to learn more about bullying in hopes of someday eradicating it. However, it seems that the more we learn the more we realize how prevalent and problematic this issue is for people. A recent study on teen bullying in particular uncovered some troubling information regarding cyberbullying and other bullying that extends to the point of threatening extreme violence. The children’s rights lawyers at The Gomez Law Firm will continue to work to raise awareness with regards to this issue.
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire collaborated on the study. Those who would like to review the data uncovered in totality can find it here. The researchers asked 5,700 respondents between the ages of 12 and 17 to complete a survey. 741 of them did so. The survey asked questions with regards to teen bullying, cyberbullying and several other issues. Examples of information that the surveys revealed include:
These data concern bullying in general, but the researchers also focused directly on cyberbullying and its effects on those who had endured it.
In terms of cyberbullying, the researchers found the following:
Cyberbullying is a growing problem, as we have discussed recently. This is especially true when one considers how many teens have incorporated technology into their daily lives.
Teens’ lives are intertwined with technology in ways that they never have been before, and that’s part of the reason that cyberbullying is a growing problem. Below you’ll find 10 different data points from the study that helps explain why. The following percentages of teens had used these forms of technology within one week of answering the survey:
We have reached a time where it is much more common for teens to make use of technology than for them not to do so. While using technology provides for many advantages in terms of communication and information, it also increases the vulnerability to cyberbullying and other forms of potentially serious harm.
The respondents also answered questions regarding whether or not they had engaged in cyberbullying during the previous 30 days. The following percentages of respondents overall admitted to the following types of cyberbullying during that timeframe:
Not only do these responses show that a large number of teens – 45 to be exact – admit to cyberbullying people within the previous 30 days, but the subsequent responses indicate that many teens do not necessarily consider the specific types of conduct mentioned cyberbullying. 53 students admitted to posting hurtful comments about someone online, which is eight more than those who admitted to cyberbullying within the previous 30 days.
There are several ways that people can make a difference with cyberbullying and teen bullying in general. Parents need to get involved, even if they are convinced that their teens do not want them to do so. We have discussed the potential problem of parental awareness when it comes to cyberbullying, and a lack of awareness can lead to avoidable negative results. Adults overall also need to get involved, as bullying can and often does have long-term effects on people if it is not stopped when it’s discovered.
Finally, people need to keep fighting even if they are not getting the results they want or need when their child is being bullied in any manner whatsoever. If your child is suffering from this conduct and school administrators or others responsible for your child’s safety are not acting appropriately, you need to take additional steps to protect your child. You can do so by seeking the help of children’s rights lawyers who understand how to hold bullies and those who allow or enable them accountable. Contact The Gomez Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.Posted in: Children's Rights
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