Students with Disabilities are Almost Twice as Likely to Be Victims of Cyberbullying
Researchers found that almost one third of students with disabilities (30%) have experienced cyberbullying within the past year, as a victim, perpetrator, or both, compared to 20% of students without disabilities.
This white paper on cyberbullying from the Ruderman Family Foundation analyzes data from 20,000 Boston-area high school students with and without disabilities.
- Looking at victimization only, students with disabilities are almost twice as likely (1.8x) as their peers without disabilities to be victims of cyberbullying.
Overall, students involved in cyberbullying – as a victim, perpetrator, or both – are more likely to experience depression that students who do not experience cyberbullying at all (34%, 24% and 41% respectively versus 13%).
- The link between cyberbullying and depression is especially strong for students with disabilities.
For example, 45% of victims with disabilities experience depression, compared to 31% of victims without disabilities.
As with depression, the connection between cyberbullying and suicidality is especially strong for students with disabilities.
- Thirty eight percent of cyberbullying victims with disabilities report suicidality, compared to 23% of victims without disabilities.
Twenty percent of high school students have some type of visible or invisible disability.
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