With the growth of social media in recent years, it's enabled the bullying to go from physical to digital. Cyberbullying, the scourge of the internet. Bullying and nastiness become easier when all they take is a few keystrokes and can be hidden by online anonymity.
In a 2004 study, 42% of kids had been bullied online, and that's before Facebook and Twitter came about. With more kids maintaining online profiles and owning smartphones and tablets today, the potential for abuse has multiplied ten fold.
Internet education portal OnlineCollege.org recently rounded up stats from a number of press and research outlets to compile the infographic below and it shows how connected young people today are exposed to the prevalence of cyberbullying. Their findings show that 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.
And the bullying doesn't stop at just the general public. They're alos directed to real world harassment and celebrities as well. Rebecca Black was forced to quit middle school after being ridiculed for her viral video. But all hope is not lost. Last month, a video of a bus monitor who got bullied and taunted by middle schoolers went viral online and the web rallied to raise her a vacation fund, which now totals more than $600,000.
Check out the infographic below. Do your bid to stop and prevent cyberbullying. Share if you have comments on it.