The two primary sources on Cyberbullying research that were used for this section are from the National Crime Prevention Council, and a recent study conducted by the Cyberbullying Research Center. A study on Myspace usage is also found at the Cyberbullying website, which can be accessed for further information here: Click Here
In a study published by the National Crime Prevention Council ( NCPC) in February of 2007, over four in ten students (43%) experienced cyberbullying. Femailes are much more likely to participate in cyberbullying (51%) than males (37%). The most telling statistics in the study, in which you can find the executive summary at this hyperlink: Here, is that 64% of the participants surveyed refused to pass along cyberbullying messages. This is a huge disparity to the 44% of telling a friend to cease and desist cyberbullying if they see if happen. A breakdown of the data used in the survey can be found in figure 5 for further analysis into sex, school level and the respective susceptibility for cyberbullying. NCPC
Around 2005/2006, Myspace was the social network of choice for millions of teens around the world. Cyberbullying occured frequently on Myspace then, but the network is now in a period of steep decline amongst the teenage demographic. In two seperate surveys, one done in 2006, 6.4% of the profiles sampled had been either abandoned or deleted. In 2009, that number balooned to 35.5%. In 2006, over 40% of the individual user profiles accessed their account within the previous seven days. In 2009, that number skidded to around 18%. The last telling statistic about the infrequency of use for Myspace amongst the demographic that engages in the most cyberbullying (ages 10-19), close to 60% of the profiles sampled had not been logged onto in over a year. Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S
This tells us that cyberbullying is occuring on other media platforms such as through cell phones, or that cyberbulliers are using other social networks to inflict their bullying on others. As you can see on Figure 1 at the bottom of the page, cell phones are the most popular technology for the youth of today. For the school on which the data was accumilated, almost 83% for a school of over 4000 comes out to over 3,300 cellphones- a technology that is broadly assimilated. Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S
In a study conducted in February of this year on 4,000 youths aged 12-18 from a large school district in the Southern United States, it was reported that 20.4% have been cyberbullied in their lifetime. 17.0% reported to be cyberbullied once, twice or three times in the last 30 days of when the study was conducted. The graph that corellates with the data can be found at the bottom of the page by clicking on the thumbnail for figure 2, or here (Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S) . 19.7% of the sample reported that they have cyberbullied someone else in their lifetime, with 10.9% stating that they have cyberbullied someone else once, twice or three times in the last three days. This data can be found by clicking on figure 3. When dividing the statistics further into gender, 25.8% of women reported to have been cyberbullied in their lifetime, compared to 16.0% by men. 18.3% of men and 21.1% of women reported to have cyberbullied someone else in their lifetime. Over the past 30 days, 7.1% of men have been victims to 8% of women, while 9.4% of men admit to cyberbullying someone else in the past 30 days, with women recording 7.6%. You can find this and more telling statistics by clicking on figure 4. Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S
These statistics show a disparity amongst the students in the school of what cyberbullying really is. The drop-off from 17 to 10.9% exhibits either a lack of knowledge of what constitutes cyberbullying, or the participants not being entirely truthful in their reporting back to the survey. The disparity between men and women in cyberbullying shows that women are much more likely to be victimized by a form of cyberbullying during their adolescent years. The amount of people that cyberbully is less than those victimized, so either people are lying in their reports, or certain cyber attackers are targeting multiple victims. In the latter case, it’s crucial that school districts, the victims and the parents work together to put a stop to the serial cyberbulliers.
The disparity between the NCPC and Cyberbullying Research Center data can be atrributed to two major things. The first, is that the NCPC dataset came from a shade over 800 participants, while the second derived from a dataset of over 4,000. Secondly, the NCPC dataset came from those aged 13-17, an age set that is extremely likely to have cases of cyberbullying. This differs greatly from two extra years added on for the Cyberbullying data, in which it surveyed 41 different schools for those aged 12-18.