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Bullying that takes place over the Internet or through electronic communication, also known as cyberbullying, has recently emerged as a growing problem in the bullying epidemic. As kids continue to shift more of their life and peer interactions to the online world, more and more bullying will take place in cyberspace. Here are some facts and statistics regarding the cyberbullying trend:

Cyberbullying statistic #1:  A nationwide Pew survey released in 2007 found that one in every 3 kids had been victims of online bullying, and that users of social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook were more than twice as likely to be harassed online. (Wykes, 2007)

Cyberbullying statistic #2: A February 2007 survey by Canada-based Media Awareness Network found that one in four kids in grades 4 through 11 had been harassed online. (Wykes, 2007)

Cyberbullying statistic #3: It’s estimated that around 900,000 U.S. high school teens were cyberbullied in 2009. (NBC World News, Sept. 5, 2010)

Cyberbullying statistic #4: A 2008 study of more than 40,000 adolescents by the Rochester Institute of Technology revealed that 59% of cyber-victims in grades seven to nine were bullied by kids whom they knew. (Turley, 2008)

Cyberbullying statistic #5: A 2009 study led by Professor Robert Gable found that 74% of 7th and 8th graders think of themselves as neither cyberbullies nor victims of cyberbullying. Only 5% in the study said they were victims, another 6% said they were bullies, and the remaining 15% described themselves as both victims and bullies. (Cloud, 2010)

Cyberbullying statistic #6: Thirty-two percent of children who use the Internet say they have been targets of cyber-bullying behaviors. (Smith, 2010)

Cyberbullying statistic #7: One study found that only 5% of kids will tell their parents or another trusted adult if they are being cyberbullied. The main reason for secrecy was fear that their parents would freak out, restrict their privileges, confront other parents, or otherwise create a hassle for them. (PBS, 12-30-2009)

Cyberbullying statistic #8: Cyber-bullying isn’t just a tween and teen problem: About 1 in 4 adults has either been cyberbullied themselves or knows someone who has, according to a recent poll. (Svoboda, 2014)

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