41% of teenagers have been cyber-bullied on their handset

41% of teenagers have been cyber-bullied on their handset
Remember the good old days when being bullied meant giving up your lunch money, or getting your head dunked in the toilet? Bullying has since gone online, as you might have expected, with 41% of teens saying that have been cyber-bullied on their handset. A study of  503 cell phone users in the States, age 13-17, was done by Openet. The latter provides Service Optimization Software (SOS) and the study determined that bullying over mobile networks is a real problem.

While the survey showed that 41% of teens are the victims of cyber-bullying, 25% of those victims are actually the cyber-bullies themselves. One way to prevent getting into such trouble is for teens to use their cell phones less. The study revealed that the more that these youngsters use their handset, the more problems it creates. Using 1,800 texts per month as the benchmark for a heavy teen cell phone use, Openet found that 23% of teens crossed that threshold. And of those heavy cell phone users, 46% experienced cyber-bullying as opposed to the 23% of normal cell phone users who were bullied via their phone.

A couple of myths were dispelled by the survey. Parents will be happy to hear that only 1% of teens engage in sexting, despite the huge publicity that this behavior has received by the media. Last summer, another poll revealed that 4 out of 5 college students had engaged in the practice. With the large number of teens giving their thumbs a workout daily on a real or virtual QWERTY keyboard, the idea that the sexting  craze was large and out of control is simply wrong. Sure, it makes for a great Lifetime movie, but it is not an epidemic, The other myth shot down is that cyber-bullying is out of control on social networks. The truth, according to the survey, is that social networks have nothing to do with this. Cyber-bullying is happening, but it is happening on phones. With text messages going back and forth between teens at a dizzying rate, that is the forum where the cyber-bullying is taking place. Parents need to know that just because your kid isn't using Facebook or Twitter doesn't make them impervious to getting bullied on their phone.

Finally, heavy users do things with their phones that are not appropriate according to Openet. 94% of teens say they are on their phones at night when they should be sleeping vs. 70% of lighter users. 74% of the heavy users are playing with their handset in class versus only 41% of regular users.

source: Openet via Read, Write, Web

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20 Comments

1. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

and.........there goes the neighborhood

2. InternetsTroll

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

Americans.

10. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Racist :)

16. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

thats not racist u dumbass

3. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

im 15 and i get bullied during school&on my phone (facebook) so i can say this is true >.>

4. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

best defence is offence !!!Use that so people stop bullying you!!I know this because i was the biggest bully during highschool years and well even in junior high,I feel bad about it now but well its so addictive and had that feel-good but now i realised how my victims would have felt....

13. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I usually make things like these to a joke. Example someone writes a message that I look like a ugly horse then i answer with something like (ride me) we both get a good laugh when we meet later And I know it sounds *** but that is just an example.

12. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I don't like bullies. That's why I don't like fandroids :)

5. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Sigh...

6. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Just download the CyberJudo app and you will be all right...lol

7. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i wonder when kids will steal lunch money with the SQUARE dongle.

20. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

hahahahahah I just laughed so hard at this

8. swoda

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Good article. Thanks for sharing. The metrics you describe are pretty amazing. When we were kids, the bullying stopped when we left the playground. Today's kids have to deal with bullying 24/7 because they are connected 24/7. The average kid today sends or receives almost 4,000 text messages per month (Nielsen), and they are online 1 in every 4 waking hours. 80% of kids say that they sleep with their mobile phones so that they won't miss any important messages. I highly recommend that parents consider using a parental intelligence tool such as uKnowKids (http://www.uknowkids.com). Parental intelligence tools are designed to help parents keep their kids safe from bad guys and bullies online and on the mobile phone by enabling parents to stay actively engaged in their kids' digital world. uKnowKids has a free version of its service, and so parents can try the service out for free. Full disclosure... I am the CEO of uKnow.com... the company that powers uKnowKids. I hope this is helpful to your readers. Stay safe everyone!

9. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

The bullies are definitely android users :)

11. m.garz

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 08, 2010

better be careful not to bully Chuck Norris's son.. lol

14. johnDOO

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

if anyone allows them to "bully" r tell them to kill themselves r do themselves harm over a computer r smartphone they r SOFTTT..

15. johnDOO

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

where are the paretns giving kids self esteem.....We have turrned into wimpy ppl...why would i let someone bully me and were not even FACE TO FACE come on u cant b serious...and fight back

17. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

lol cyber bullying makes you look like a total pussy

18. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

I am shocked that kids aren't typing out angry letters on type writers, and instead using cell phones! Or wait, no.

19. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

i know alot of people that sext..... so idk if 1% is accurate

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