Cyberbullying is a global issue. In a study carried by Microsoft, China emerged as by far the country where more children suffered from these threats (around 70%). It was followed by Singapore (58%), India (53%) and Argentina (52%).
The Cyberbullying Research Center in the United States has found that about 28% of teenager students have experienced cyberbullying while 10% admit to have done cyberbullying to others.
In Spain, up to 81% of children between 8 and 17 years admit to be worried about cyberbullying and 19% admit to harass or have harassed someone online. One in each seven students in Catalonia say to have been harassed in school.
The easy access to the victims through mobile technologies, mean that 71,8% of them suffer cyberbullying every day for a significant extension of time, between a month and a year for 40,7% of them and for more than a year for 38,1% of them. Over 92% of cyberbullying victims are left with psychological issues like anxiety and lack of self-esteem.
A 2014 poll done across Europe showed that 55% of children victims of cyberbullying became depressed as a result of it, 38% considered suicide, and 35% considered harming themselves. In addition to this, 80% of cyberbullying victims are also victims of traditional bullying. The most critical age for both genders is between 13 and 14 years old across most of the European countries.
In Spain, 97% of teenagers between 14 and 17 years old use social media every day and those over 15 years old spend more than two and half hours online every day. Hyperconnected teens, like those who spend more than 3 hours every day online, are 110% more likely to be a victim of cyberbullying, compared to those who do not spend as much time on social networks.
Mobile phone is the tool used most of the time to harass others, being WhatsApp mentioned as the application used in 81% of cases in Spain to carry cyberbullying. Mobile phone cameras are also very problematic. As much as 10% of students feel threatened, embarrassed or uncomfortable by a photo taken of them using a mobile phone camera, as they have little control on how it will be used.