Cyberbullying Kills Among the main effects cyberbullying has on teens physically and academically, it’s greatest impacts are felt emotionally.

“Twenty years ago Tim Berners-Lee launched the World Wide Web in a bid to better share information.” (ABC News). Around 2000-2004 social networking emerged. The world first saw LinkedIn in May 2003 soon followed by MySpace. Later that year Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard student, introduced Facebook. (Washington Post).

Many popular apps that can be commonly found on teenagers phones.

What is cyberbullying?

  • sending a mean message to an email or phone
  • spreading rumors online or through texts
  • stealing a person’s account information to break into their account
  • send messages, pretending to be someone else online
  • sexting

Some stats on cyberbullying...

  1. One in three kids have been threatened online
  2. . Eighty-one percent of youths say bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person
  3. On average 3 million kids are absent from school each month because they fear bullies. That is the equivalent of the entire city of Chicago skipping school
  4. Only 1 in 10 teens tells a parent if they have been a cyber bully victim
  5. 80% of teens online say they have defended the victim; 25% have done so frequently
  6. Today, eighty percent of teens regularly use a cell phone

The new cyberbullying on the block...

“Catfishing is a single lie, enabled by the cloak of technology, that stretches, morphs and multiplies until whole personas are fabricated, emotions are manipulated and hearts and broken.” (Washington Post)

Effect 1: Physical

headaches tension, wetting the bed on a regular basis, self harm, sleep problems and poor appetite.

Effect 2: Academically

There is evidence showing that children who are bullied are more likely than nonbullied peers to dislike school and receive poorer grades as well as lower standardized test scores. (Hoff 22). A significant negative association between bullying and academic achievement were measured by grades, student achievement scores, and teacher’s ratings of students’ achievement. (Dineen 3)

Those who are cyberbullied tend to have low self-esteem and isolate themselves. These combined can explain why students may drop out of extracurricular or they may not ask questions in class due to fear. (

Effect 3: Emotionally

Some of the most prevalent psychological effects of cyberbullying include high levels of anger, powerlessness, sadness, and fear. (Hoff 8).

There are consistent associations between exposure to cyberbullying and increased likelihood of depression. (Scientific American). “Cyberbullying and depression went hand-in-hand, the researchers report today.” (JAMA Pediatrics). Studies even go as far to state that bullying’s effects can be as bad or worse than child abuse. (Fox News).

A powerful movie about the effects of cyberbullying

What do we do?

Parents should play a larger role in what their teen does over the internet and teens should understand the profound effects their words can have on someone else. Among the main effects cyberbullying has on teens physically and academically, it’s greatest impacts are felt emotionally.

The most severe effects fall under the emotional category because issues that are caused by emotions can lead to most of any other issue that could arise. One in three. Hopefully, one in three becomes an “outdated” statistic in the near future before more children fall victim to these deadly effects.


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