Bullying: Physical and Cyber Equally Dangerous

A telephone survey conducted by Rasumussen Reports found 69 percent of adult respondents said physical and cyber-bullying are equally dangerous. The same percentage believe cyber-bullying should be a punishable crime. Twenty-one percent said physical bullying is more damaging than the online version, but seven percent said they believe cyber-bullying to be worse than physical.

Eighty-five percent of adults are somewhat concerned about bullying in schools, while 57 percent are very concerned. Just three percent are not at all concerned. Fifty percent of the adults surveyed thought parents are the ones who should deal with bullying. Thirty-seven percent said they thought schools should be responsible for dealing with the problem. Only five percent said police are the ones who should be used for bullying problems.

Sixty-one percent of adults surveyed said bullying is more of a problem today than it has been in the past. The Rassmasuen Reports survey included 1,000 adults. You can see how their surveys are conducted here.

Cyber-bullying was the number-one fear of parents in a Care.com telephone survey of 384 American adult parents. Other parental fears scored for the survey were kidnapping, terrorism, and suicide. Cyber-bullying was selected by 3o percent of the respondents, while kidnapping was close behind at 27 percent.

A Harris Interactive poll found 9 percent of 13-15 year-olds surveyed had experienced bullying often or always, to the degree it made them feel very sad, angry or upset. Twenty-eight percent said they are sometimes bullied to the point of those feelings.

A news article from Flagler College stated one third of American teens have experienced cyber-bullying. A number of U.S. states have passed laws to punish cyber bullying and to raise awareness about the damage it can do. They were spurred to do so in part, by the tragic suicide of a thirteen-year old girl in Missouri.

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Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

Bullying is ASSAULT, whether mentally, verbally or physically, it is ASSAULT


Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Excellent article.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Lika S.
Lika P7 years ago

It's a group effort to deal with, and it all starts with awareness and a game plan.

Sad thing is, too often, a bullied student gets so fed up that it ends with tragedy.

Merelen Knitter
Merelen Knitter7 years ago

Saying that any one group is responsible for dealing with bullying is naive. Parents, schools, and law enforcement need to work together to raise awareness of bullying and to deal with bullying as it occurs. Certainly not everyone needs to be involved in every instance, but the whole community needs to be involved to change the attitude towards bullying.

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago

Thanks for info and posting.

Claire Sayers
Claire Sayers7 years ago

The fact that there aren't more people who think schools should be held partly responsible for the bullying is a disgrace! I've been bullied in high school to the point where I was contemplating suicide--and the adults in the school did absolutely nothing. They didn't even see why they had to intervene on my behalf because I was "just a special education student". If the administrators are unwilling to place a very stringent policy or program against bullying, I think they should have their jobs taken away from them. That's how repugnant and disgraceful I find it.

Grace A.
Grace Adams7 years ago

Bullying is wrong no matter the issue and no matter what the combination of bully and victim. My mother worried that classmates might bully me, but as best as I can remember my mother is the only one who bullied me.

Elissie Wallace
Elizabeth T7 years ago

Very interesting and scary! Bullying overall, among all age groups, is on the rise. As a mom who also spends a bit of time on the 'net, I see the anonymity of cyberspace giving rise to more aggressive and nasty behavior that often spills over into real life.

Diane Wayne
Past Member 7 years ago

How can these situations be stopped and healed? It's too late once the event has occurred. What's sad is there seems to be an upscale in bullying across the globe. How can we unify and get the message of peace and brotherhood/sisterhood across to the masses of individuals who find it empowering to be cruel to others?