The Effects of Cyber Bullying

How Technology Affects Our Youth


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Cyberbullying statistics

Every day, people all across the world are using social media.

According to, “In 2018, an estimated 2.65 billion people were using social media worldwide.” As social media becomes more and more utilized, there seems to be a phenomenon that currently on the rise. That phenomenon is cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets.

The problem with many cyberbullies is that they are unaware of how their actions affect others in the long term. They also believe that because they’re behind a screen, they are invincible.

Giselle Sajche, 9, said, “I do think [cyberbullying] has lasting effects on people because what you hear about yourself always sticks in your head. I think it’s more common nowadays because people use more technology now than before, and [technology is] more advanced now.”

Severe, long term, or frequent cyberbullying can leave both victims and bullies at greater risk for anxiety, depression, and other stress related disorders. Some kids even turn to suicide.

According to, “Kids who are bullied are at a higher risk for suicidal thoughts, attempts, and completed suicide.”

All in all, preventing this issue will take a team effort.

Sajche said, “I think what we can do as a society to help prevent cyberbullying is to report it as soon as we see it and get the person being bullied help.”