A recent study showing students have earlier access to mobile devices has shed new light on cyberbullying research. The study found that about 20% of students surveyed had a cellphone by the third grade and 90% were online. By middle school, about 83% had a mobile device. "Education on cyberbullying and cyberbehaviors needs to begin well before [m]iddle [s]chool," asserted the researcher.
* By Middle School, 90 percent to 91 percent of children say that they can use their cell phones to text message and access the Internet.
* Approximately 35 percent to 40 percent of elementary school children report being targets of bullying, while 50 percent to 53 percent of middle and high school students say they've been targets.
* In-school bullying decreases as children age, however cyberbullying increases as children get older.
Englander, S. (2012). Research findings: MARC 2011 survey grades 3-12. Bridgewater, MA: Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center.