Did you know that 25% of all teens report that they have experienced cyber bullying on their cell phone or on the internet, according to a NoBullying.com article? It gets more alarming – the article goes on to breakdown more statistics:
- Over half (52 percent) off young people report being cyber bullied.
- Embarrassing or damaging photographs taken without the knowledge or consent of the subject has been reported by 11 percent of adolescents and teens.
- Of the young people who reported cyber bullying incidents against them, one-third (33 percent) of them reported that their bullies issued online threats.
- Often, both bullies and cyber bullies turn to hate speech to victimize their target. One-tenth of all middle school and high school students have been on the receiving end of ‘hate terms’ hurled against them.
- Over half (55 percent) of all teens who use social media have witnessed outright bullying via that medium.
- An astounding 95 percent of teens who witnessed bullying on social media report that others, like them, have ignored the behavior..
- Unfortunately, victims of cyber bullying sometimes, in an attempt to fight back, can shift roles, becoming the aggressor. Often, this happens as a sort of back-and-forth between victim and aggressor which tends to continue the behavior.
- More than half of young people surveyed say that they never confide in their parents when cyber bullying happens to them.
- Only one out of every six parents of adolescents and teens are even aware of the scope and intensity involved with cyber bullying.
- More than 80 percent of teens regularly use cell phones, making them the most popular form of technology and therefore a common medium for cyber bullying
Cyber bullying takes on multiple forms of harassment: sharing inappropriate pictures and videos of another person, name-calling on social media, and even picture alteration could be considered a form of bullying. Many parents think, what kind of world do we actually live in if I have to worry about my daughter’s body being altered to look 200 pounds heavier and then shared with the world? All of this behavior creates deep emotional scars, for both females and males, during the already precarious adolescent age. Many of these cyber bullying real life cases turn into teen suicide. In the case of Hope Witsell, a “sext” sent to her boyfriend caused her to hang herself after it was shared with multiple peers:
The 13-year-old Florida girl sent a topless photo of herself to a boy in hope of gaining his attention. Instead, she got the attention of her school, as well as the high school nearby. The incessant bullying by classmates that followed when the photo spread put an emotional weight upon Hope that she ultimately could not bear.
Intervention for today’s parent is key, but how can a parent intervene before their child becomes a statistic? A cell phone monitoring software like Easy Spy can prevent damage before it happens. With Easy Spy, you can view your teenager’s social media activity (like photos she posted and messages she’s getting), her text messages (even the deleted ones, like if she sent a “sext” and wants to cover it up) and even her GPS location (in case of a desperate emergency, and you need to find her.) Some parents might think it’s a drastic step to take, but a cell phone spy program like Easy Spy could possibly prevent the worst thing a parent can imagine: the death of a child.