New Cyberbullying Study Reveals that Students Bullying Are More Likely Insecure, Negative Towards Teachers

Teen Cyberbullying

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In a cyberbullying study of 28 New York area high school students in grades 9 and 10, students were asked to fill out a series of extensive questionnaires. The study was conducted by a research team from St. John’s University and published earlier this month.

Key findings of the study include:

  • Most students use text messaging – 96.4%
  • Most students report only visiting web sites which are parent-approved – 53.6%
  • Most students have a Facebook profile – 89.3%
  • There is a weak correlation between a student having a low GPA and being a victim of cyberbullying, or being a perpetrator of cyberbullying
  • There was a high correlation between a student having low self-esteem and/or a negative attitude towards teachers and a student being a perpetrator of cyberbullying

The study’s authors hope that these findings help inform future studies, as the correlation between low self-esteem and teacher negativity might prove to be useful predictors in cyberbullying among teens.

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Kelly Baig is a concerned parent of a 13 yo girl and independent marketing consultant with insatiable curiousity about all things online. Kelly runs a successful marketing services firm, WaveBreak Marketing, in operation since 2007. Kelly has over 20 years of experience in B2B marketing, including social media and online communications for clients primarily in high-tech. In her spare time, Kelly can be found training for the triathlon at her local Y, knitting, walking her two Yorkies, and trying to learn how to cook Indian food for her husband.

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