by Sean Hedden
A report funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Technology, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Bullying explores the impact of new media technologies (especially smart phones and social media) on youth.
This study surveyed less than 6,000 adolescents. In brief, it revealed “that more than a quarter (26 percent) of youth in a relationship . . . experienced some form of cyber dating abuse.” 84 percent of the victims were psychologically abused, 52 percent were physically abused, and “33 percent reported sexual coercion”–all as a result of cyber dating. 17 percent of high school youth were victims of cyber bullying, both females and those identifying themselves as LGBT had higher rates of bullying than their peers.
Check out the full report here. Reports like this can save lives. School officials, parents, administrators, and youth advocates can use hard research like this one to pinpoint the problems and keep our schools safe.