December 16, 2022

On today's show, Adrian and Ethan discuss the increasing problem of bullying.

Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year. Bullying comes in many forms, none of which are acceptable.

Bullying affects everyone involved…the victim, the bully and those who witness it. Not only are there the immediate effects but the serious and long-term consequences that impact their mental health, drive them to substance abuse and elevate the risk of suicide. Bullying is not a “rite of passage” but a serious threat to student safety and well-being.

Nearly half of students aged 9–12 have been bullied at school. Data shows that 49.8% of tweens have experienced bullying at school.

Smartphones, the internet and social media are now an integral part of our daily habits. But with this technology comes the darker side of cyberbullying. Children gain access to modern technologies at a progressively young age. This comes with its own benefits and threats.

According to cyberbullying statistics for 2020, cyberbullying is twice as likely to trigger suicidal thoughts in victims.

Since January 2021, 41% of US internet users have experienced some form of cyberbullying.