Cyber Bullying affects real lives. Take a stand!

When it comes to bullying and cyber-bullying, kids aren’t the only victims. Adults are as well. As a victim of cyber-bullying of several years now, I am here to help MTV spread awareness with their ‘A Thin Line’ campaign. The more awareness that we can spread, the more we can help prevent this with adults, as well as with kids.

For the first time in The Associated Press-MTV joint survey history, more than half of people ages 14 to 24 say they have been bullied through social and digital media. How they are affected by bullying depends on their age, gender and race, the new AP-MTV poll says. The survey, which was done as part of MTV’s “A Thin Line” campaign, investigates several digital abuse topics among those under 25: the use of discriminatory language online, particularly on social networking sites; online bullying; sexting; and dating abuse. The poll was conducted Aug. 13-31, 2011, by Knowledge Networks, which interviewed more than 1,350 people ages 14 to 24.

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AP highlights from a recent poll on Cyber-Bullying

  • anti-bullying_blog-1r5ae4wFifty-six percent of respondents say they’ve been electronically bullied in some way or another, up from 50 percent in 2009, with the most frequent forms of bullying including people writing things online that aren’t true (26 percent) and people writing things online that are mean (24 percent).
  • Young adults are a bit more apt to have been electronically bullied at some point than teens (59 percent of young adults vs. 51 percent among teens), but for teens, electronic bullying is more recent. Just over three in 10 say they’ve been bullied at some point in the last six months, compared with 24 percent among those ages 18-24.
  • Young women (82 percent) and non-whites (80 percent) are more apt to see bullying as a problem than are men or whites. And those 14-17 are more apt to call it a problem (80 percent) than their older peers (73 percent).
  • Asking the person who did it to stop was effective for 47 percent who tried it, 14 percent said it made things worse and 27 percent said it had no effect.
  • In terms of effectiveness, a few techniques stand out as being particularly helpful, all of which had to do with limiting access: 80 percent said changing their passwords made the situation better, 67 percent reported that changing their email address, screen name or cell phone number made things better and 59 percent said deleting their social networking profile ameliorated the situation.

If you are a victim of Cyber-Bullying, make sure to let someone know. For more information on cyber-bullying, please visit http://research.athinline.org