Cyberbullying data from 2013

 

The following is excerpted from “Bullying at School and Cyber-Bullying Anywhere
(Last Updated: May 2017) from the National Center for Educational Statistics and is based on 2013 data

“Between the 2013 and 2015 SCS data collections, it was determined that cyberbullying is best classified as a means of bullying; thus, the 2015 instrument included “online or by text” in the list of locations where bullying could have occurred, as discussed earlier in this indicator.

In 2013 and earlier years, the SCS included a separate series of questions on cyberbullying experiences that occurred anywhere. In 2013, approximately 7 percent of students ages 12–18 reported being cyber-bullied anywhere during the school year (table 11.6). About 3 percent of students reported that another student had posted hurtful information about them on the Internet, and 3 percent reported being the subject of harassing text messages. Some 2 percent reported being the subject of harassing instant messages and 1 percent each reported having their private information purposely shared on the Internet, being the subject of harassing e-mails, being harassed while gaming, and being excluded online.

The percentages of students who reported being electronically bullied ranged from 8 percent in the District of Columbia to 21 percent in Idaho. About 16 percent of students in the United States reported being electronically bullied in 2015.

About 73 percent of students who reported being cyber-bullied anywhere in 2013 indicated that they were cyber-bullied once or twice in the school year and 27 percent indicated that they were cyber-bullied at least once or twice a month during the school year: 15 percent reported being cyber-bullied once or twice a month, 8 percent reported being cyber-bullied once or twice a week, and 4 percent reported being cyber-bullied almost every day (table 11.3). Of all students who reported being cyber-bullied in 2013, about 23 percent reported notifying an adult at school about the incident.

As mentioned in the introduction, the YRBS collects data on bullying and electronic bullying for students in grades 9–12. In 2015, data on the percentages of students in grades 9–12 who reported being bullied on school property during the previous 12 months were available for 35 states and the District of Columbia (table 11.7). Among these jurisdictions, the percentages of students who reported being bullied on school property ranged from 12 percent in the District of Columbia to 26 percent in Michigan, Idaho, and Nebraska. On this survey, 20 percent of students in the United States reported being bullied on school property in 2015. Data on the percentages of students who reported being electronically bullied during the previous 12 months in 2015 were also available for 36 states and the District of Columbia. Among these jurisdictions, the percentages of students who reported being electronically bullied ranged from 8 percent in the District of Columbia to 21 percent in Idaho. About 16 percent of students in the United States reported being electronically bullied in 2015.

Source: https://nces.ed.gov/programs/crimeindicators/ind_11.asp