Outcome: Children & Safety

Indicator: Electronic Bullying

Significance of this indicator:

Electronic bullying is a growing problem as more students have access to online programs and cell phones.  Electronic bullying is not limited to a place or a time; and as such, victim harassment may continue around the clock. The Cyberbullying Research Center lists four ways electronic bullying may be more devastating to victims than traditional bullying behavior.

  1. Victims often do not know who the bully is, or why they are being targeted;
  2. The hurtful actions of a cyber bully can become viral (i.e., a large number of people can be involved in an attack or find out about the incident);
  3. It is often easier to be cruel using technology as the bully doesn't have to see immediate response from the victim;
  4. Adults may not have the technological know-how to identify cyber bullying or to adequately respond.

 

How we are doing on this indicator:

A higher proportion of Pueblo City Schools' high school students report being electronically bullied than middle school students (15.4 percent v. 14 percent). Compared to statewide figures, more Pueblo City high school students are bullied via electronic means than their peers elsewhere in the state (16.8 percent v. 14.4 percent in 2011).  The percentage of electronic bullying for both Pueblo City middle school students and high school students decreased by over one percentage point from the year 2011 to the year 2012.  The percentage for Colorado as a whole has not been reported since 2011.

2013 - Please note that the data for Pueblo is now reported for all of Pueblo County, not just Pueblo City Schools.   Pueblo's middle school numbers only include grades 7 and 8, whereas Colorado's middle school numbers inlcude grade 6.

What the Data Tell Us

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Definition:  Percent of students who report having been electronically bullied (e.g., being bullied through e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, web sites, or texting) during the past 12 months.

Data Source: Healthy Kids Colorado Survey: Colorado Department of Education and Pueblo City Schools.

Data Considerations: Colorado administers the survey every two years in the fall. Colorado began collecting data from middle school students in 2011. The Colorado middle school survey data cannot be used as a comparison to Pueblo students as it asks students about their lifetime experience of electronic bullying versus past 12 months.