Increased stress and isolation, more time online, and limited availability for adult monitoring during the COVID-19 global pandemic create a ripe context for youth cyberbullying – defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as bullying that occurs through technology – also known as electronic bullying.1
Definition: Bullying is an aggressive behavior and a form of abuse repeated over time and involving an imbalance of power. It can be physical, verbal, or emotional and can occur via e-mail or online (cyberbullying).
Magnitude of the Problem: According to the CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey, in 2015:
- 20% of high school students reported experiencing bullying on school property
- 15% of high school students reported being electronically bullied in 2015
Bullying can adversely affect the mental and physical health of victims and interfere with their academic progress. Those who bully have a greater likelihood of engaging in antisocial and violent behavior.
Prevention efforts for schools should:
- Create anti-bullying policies and communicate them to staff, parents, and students
- Integrate bullying prevention material into curriculum at all grade levels
- Encourage students to stand up to bullies, report incidents, and support victims
Prevention efforts for parents should include:
- Talk with your child about what to do if they or someone they know is being bullied
- Become familiar with your school’s anti-bullying policies and rules
- Reach out to your school for help if you know a child who is involved in bullying
To learn more, visit: stopbullying.gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Accessed on October 1, 2016.
This interactive webinar focused on the latest research on bullying among children and adolescents and explored strategies for using social and emotional learning (SEL) to prevent bullying. Social and emotional learning helps children and adolescents to manage their emotions, empathize with others, and develop positive relationships. (1) It provides an important framework for schools to use in helping students acquire and strengthen social and emotional skills to prevent bullying behaviors and support inclusion and respect. (2) Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D., M.Ed.