The title is pretty straight forward but it’s an easy answer to a tough issue: Cyberbullying is a huge problem.
We routinely visit middle schools around the county to help students create prevention PSA’s about topics they are passionate about – usually this involves alcohol, tobacco or substance abuse. Lately we have noticed that cyberbullying is a topic everyone wants to tackle and when we ask them what is driving the interest, a majority voice they’ve experienced it first hand.
Cyberbullying is widespread in the middle school world as social media continues to explode on platforms marketed specifically to their demographic. Our last round of PSA’s saw a LOT of quality cyberbullying videos aiming to confront the issue.
And with viral Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why“, a show about a high school student who commits suicide largely because of cyberbullying, mental health crises are on the rise for our younger generations.
- Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
- More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.
- Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
- Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.
Talk to your teens. Try to understand them. Be a beacon of support. Cyberbullying is as harmful as it is prevalent.