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.