However, I have always suspected that the greater threat to student safety on the Internet has been cyberbullying, and now, thanks to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, there are statistics to show that is true.
32% of all teens surveyed reported experiencing at least one of the following things online:
- Someone forwarding a private message to others or posting it online where others could see it
- Someone spreading a rumor about them online
- Someone sending them a threatening message
- Someone posting an embarrassing picture of them online without their permission
Girls are more likely than boys to be targets, and older teens (15-17) are more likely to be bullied than younger teens (12-14). Another interesting statistic shows that social network users experience cyberbullying more than non-social network users (39% vs. 23%).
Yet 67% of the teens surveyed thought that bullying still happens more often OFFLINE than online. 29% thought that bullying occurred more online than offline, and 3% thought bullying happened both places equally.
A total of 935 teens age 12-17 were surveyed in October and November of 2006 and there is a margin of error of 4%.
Read or download the complete report at: http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP%20Cyberbullying%20Memo.pdf