Rebecca Sedwick, a 12 year old from Florida, committed suicide last month. Following this event, two young girls were arrested on aggravated stalking charges. They relentlessly stalked and bullied her via social media platforms like Facebook. Even following Rebecca's suicide, one of the girls posted “I bullied Rebecca nd (sic) she killed herself.” The girls that were arrested were only 12 and 14 years old.
Cyber bullying has become a common practice among teens and middle school students. Some cyber bullies even create fake profiles so that it's hard to track their true identity. However some, like Rebecca Sedwick's bullies post about it on their real accounts.
Is it easier for teens to bully via the internet because they don't have to see their victim's pain in real life? The new cyber bullying 'craze' is inspiring new research to try and track the direct correlation between bullying and suicide. However, there are startling statistics available for the effects of bullying in general.
According to NVEEE.org suicide remains among the leading causes of death for children under 14 years of age, with most children committing suicide by hanging. And the suicide rate of kids between the ages of 10-14 has grown over 50% in the last three decades.
32% of online teens say they have been targeted by cyber-bullies. 13% of teens who use social media claimed that an incident online made them feel nervous about going to school the next day.
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Cyber bullying is becoming a big problem for teens, parents and teachers. Not only is it leading to suicide in extreme cases, it's also making students feel uneasy about returning to school, which leads to more potential problems and distractions in the classroom.
There is overwhelming research that girls are much more likely to be both bullies and bullied via the internet than boys. 38% of online girls have been reported as being bullied while using the internet, and only 26% of online boys.
With cyber bulling on the rise, and growing concerns about violence in schools these statistics are disturbing. Especially when about 100,000 students carry a gun to school each day and 1/3 of students asked said they overheard someone threatening to kill another student, according to NVEEE.org.