We fielded the survey in August, and while it will be some time before the results are published in books or peer-reviewed journals, we wanted to release some preliminary data here today.School Bullying In our study we informed students that ” Based on this definition, 73% of students reported that they had been bullied at school some point in their lifetime (44% said it happened in the last 30 days).Cyberbullying With respect to online bullying, we instructed students that “” Based on this definition, 34% of students had experienced cyberbullying in their lifetime (17% within the last 30 days).Four out of five of the students who were cyberbullied said mean comments were posted about them online, while 70% said someone spread rumors about them online.Girls were more likely to have been bullied online at some point in their lifetime (though when looking at recent experiences there was no difference), while boys were more likely to have bullied others online.
With any imperfect social science study, caution should be used when interpreting the results.
Here at the Cyberbullying Research Center, we use data to better understand what teens are thinking, doing, and experiencing at school and online.
We promote evidence-based and research-inspired policies, procedures, and programming.
Finally, steps were taken to ensure valid responses within the survey instrument.
For example, we asked the respondents to select a specific color among a list of choices and required them to report their age at two different points in the survey, in an effort to guard against computerized responses and thoughtless clicking through the survey.