As explained earlier, cyber-bullying can be done for hundreds of different reasons. Below are facts about cyber-bullying, some may give you a better understanding of how cyber-bullying is effect children.

Signs that your child may be a victim of cyberbullying: (from Cyberbullying.org)

  • Spending long hours on the computer
  • Close windows on the computer when you enter the room
  • Is secretive about Internet activities
  • Behavioral changes
  • Is always doing homework on the internet, but always in chat groups and getting behind with school work
  • Will not tell you who they're talking to
  • May find unexplained pictures on their computer
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Stomach aches and headaches
  • Lack of appetite, throwing up
  • Fear of leaving the house
  • Crying for no apparent reason
  • Lack of interest at social events that include other students
  • Complains of illness before school or community events often
  • Frequent visits to the school nurse of office complaining of feeling sick-wants to call mom or dad to take them home
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • A marked change in attitude, dress or habits
  • Unexplained broken personal possessions, loss of money, loss of personal items
  • Acting out/Lots of aggression at home
  • Missing or incomplete school work, decreased success in class



63% of harassers are reportedly under the age of 18 years of age as compared to 14% who are 18 years of age and older. 23% of targeted youth said they didn't know how old their harasser was

  • In September of 2006 abcNews.com produced a survey of 1400 school children grades 4-8 the results are as followed:
  • 42 percent of kids have been bullied while online. One in four have had it happen more than once
  • 35 percent of kids have been threatened online. nearly one in five had had it happen more than once. 
  • 21 percent of kids have received mean or threatening emails or other messages
  • 58 percent of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than four out of ten say it has happened more than once
  • 58 percent have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online