Pew Research Center Studies How Teens Experience Cyberbullying

Older girls, aged 15 through 17, were most likely to be victimized

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A new survey of 1,316 U.S. teens by Pew Research Center found that 46% of them experienced at least one of the six cyberbullying behaviors analyzed by the think tank.

The six distinct behaviors studied by Pew were:

  • Constantly being asked where they are, what they’re doing or who they’re with by someone other than a parent
  • Having explicit images of them shared without their consent
  • Offensive name-calling
  • Physical threats
  • Receiving explicit images that they didn’t ask for
  • Spreading of false rumors about them

The most commonly reported of those behaviors was name calling, with 32% of respondents saying they had been called an offensive name online or on their phone.




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