Amid a nationwide rise in cyberbullying, Girls are reporting three times as much harassment online as boys, new data shows.
“Cyberbullying” is defined as bullying that takes place over digital devices like cellphones, computers and tablets. It includes sending, posting or sharing negative, harmful, false or mean content about another person.
Among middle and high school students, 21% of girls say they have been bullied online or by text, compared with fewer than 7% of boys, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Experts say the majority of girls are bullied by other girls.
In the study, boys and girls said they have been cyberbullied at similar rates — 60% of girls to 59% of boys — but researchers found girls were more likely to be targets of online rumor-spreading and the receiving of unsolicited explicit images.
Sites like Instagram have since attempted to implement more restrictions around online abuse. That is including the social media platform’s new program that uses artificial intelligence to ferret out bullying comments.