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Cyberbullying: Why You Should Talk To Your Kids – Infographic

There is a lot to do before your kid’s school year gets started. Hopefully, having a talk about cyberbullying will be on your to-do list.

According to a recent study by internet security company McAfee, kids are witnessing and sometimes engaging in cyber bullying. Almost one in four of teens claimed to be a target of cyberbullying and two-thirds of all teens have witnessed cruel behavior online, notes the Teen Internet Behavior study.

But only one in 10 parents are aware that their teens could be targets of cyberbullying.

Today’s schoolyard is Facebook, with slightly more than 92% of teens saying cruel behavior takes place on the site. Kids say bullies also make attacks on Twitter (23.8%), MySpace (17.7%) and Instant Messager (15.2%).

But teens will stand up to bullies online. When witnessing others being attacked, 40% of teens have told the person to stop, 20.7% have told an adult but 6.3% joined in. When being attacked themselves, 65.8% of teens responded to the attacker (with 35% responding in person).

Some of these online confrontations are hashed-out in the real world, where 4.5% of teens have been in a physical fight with an online bully, while about 15% avoided school.

Source: Mashable.com, mcaffee

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Cyberbullying On The Internet – Infographic

The explosive growth of social media in recent years has enabled a lot of new opportunities for kids and teenagers — sharing achievements with family, making plans with new friends and reliving past memories with old friends, just to name a few.

But the proliferation of social networking has also come with an unfortunate downside. Bullying and nastiness become easier when all they take is a few keystrokes and can be hidden by online anonymity.

Cyberbullying isn’t new; a 2004 study found that 42% of kids had been bullied online — and that’s before Facebook, Twitter and other networks eclipsed MySpace and started a social revolution. With more and more kids maintaining online profiles and owning smartphones, tablets and other connected devices, the potential for abuse has multiplied.

Internet education portal OnlineCollege.org recently rounded up stats from a number of press and research outlets to compile the infographic below, looking at how connected young people are today and how prevalent cyberbullying has become. Among their more interesting findings: 90% of teens who witness cyberbullying online say they ignore it, just 40% tell their parents and 81% of kids say it’s easier to get away with bullying online than in person.

Online embarrassment can lead to real world harassment, too — and celebrities can become victims as well. “Friday” singer Rebecca Black said last fall that she was forced to quit middle school after ridicule following her viral video. But the Internet can also come to the rescue of real world bullying victims. After footage of a New York bus monitor being mercilessly taunted by middle schoolers went viral online, web users rallied to raise her a vacation fund that ended up totaling more than $600,000.

Source: Mashable.com, onlinecollege.org