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Prevalence of cyberbullying

There are numerous studies into levels of cyberbullying that vary significantly. We have listed some below - this list is not exhaustive.

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In 2017 Public Health England released research from a 2014 consultation with 5,335 young people aged 11-15 years old. They found:

  • 17.9% of 11-15 year olds reported being cyberbullied in the two months prior to being surveyed
  • girls were twice as likely as boys to report being cyberbullied
  • cyberbullying increased with age for both boys and girls; the reported prevalence rates of cyberbullying at age 15 were almost double those for 11 year olds
  • cyberbullying is associated with socio-economic status. Young people from more affluent families were more likely to report being victims of cyberbullying
  • young people who reported positive family communication, especially with a father, were less likely to experience cyberbullying positive perceptions of the school environment were associated with lower levels ofcyberbullying
  • cyberbullying was associated with feelings of safety in young people’s local neighbourhood

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The relationship between 'traditional' bullying and online bullying

Research by Warwick University released in 2017 shows that there is a strong link between 'traditional' face to face bullying compared to cyberbullying. It found:

  • Cyberbullying doesn’t create large numbers of new victims
  • Most bullying is face-to-face – with cyberbullying used as a modern tool to supplement traditional forms
  • 29% of UK teenagers reported being bullied – only 1% were victims of cyberbullying alone
  • Bullying intervention strategies should focus on traditional bullying as well as cyberbullying

You can find many more statistics about cyberbullying in the 'Focus On Cyberbullying' Report below.

28 Jun 2017