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Cyberbully Final Report

Cyberbully Final Report

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 New York’s DefinitiveCyberbullying Census
June 2012
Key Facts and FindingsStudents from 45 New York State Counties and over 350 schoolsparticipated in the First Ever New York Cyberbully Census94.2% of students identified at least one form of cyberbullying whenasked47.8% of students know someone who has been cyberbulliedFor students who do report cyberbullying, they are mostcomfortable talking to a parent69.5 % of students think cyberbullying should be illegalOnly 1 in 5 New York Students actually reported their cyberbullyincident
In the fall of 2011, a young boy from Williamsville, New York took his life after what his parents claimwas years of cyberbullying. In the winter of 2012, a young lady from Staten Island whose family says shewas cyberbullied, jumped in front of a city bus and died. Approximately two weeks later, a father fromOrange County took his life a year after his son killed himself due to cyberbullying. While many maysuggest that cyberbullying was not the only motive for these suicides, in all of these cases cyberbullying or some form of electronic harassment appears to have played some part in these tragic situations. That iswhy in light of recent reports of cyberbullying in our communities and suicides attributed tocyberbullying, the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) committed itself to finding out what wasgoing on in the computers, phones and digital devices of our New York students. To do this, the IDCcreated the first ever cyberbullying census for New York, an anonymous tool to find out what was reallyoccurring in our youth population. Close to 10,000 New York students participated from all parts of thestate to give us the first comprehensive view of what students are dealing with in today's digital age.
The Independent Democratic Conference embarked on an 8 month campaign to survey as many childrenfrom across New York State regarding their experiences with cyberbullying. The questions were simple— let us know about your experiences with cyberbullying and how you think adults should handle the issue.A press conference was held on October 13, 2011 to announce the launch of this 12 question survey. The
survey was anonymous and administered through emails, paper copy and on the internet. Emails weresent to Superintendants around New York State asking them to tell their children about the survey. A three borough tour of Charter Schools was conducted where children were taught by Miss New York andSurvey Creator and Cybercrime expert Parry Aftab about the survey. Select Parochial Schools sent home permission letters to have parents engage their students in the cyberbullying survey. The United Federationof Teachers sent emails out to all members urging them to remind their children to take the survey. A twominute commercial aired on local cable networks regarding the cyberbully survey. Letters were sent toPublic School Principals with the permission of the NYC Department of Education asking them to informtheir children of the cyberbully census.
About the Survey
The New York Cyberbully Census, which can be found at www.nycyberbullycensus.com, is a 12-questionsurvey for school age children (Grades 3 to 12) in New York that is designed to gauge their attitudes andexperiences with cyberbullying. The survey is anonymous, allowing students to answer questions honestlyand without fear of embarrassment.This data gathering initiative will – for the first time – provide a full picture on cyberbullying in NewYork. National figures show a high number of teens (43% according the National Crime PreventionCouncil) that have reported being the victims of cyberbullying, while cyberbullying related teen suicides – including the recent death of a 14-year-old Buffalo area youth – have been well documented.
Students were asked what school they attend for the sole purpose of keeping track of which schools participated in the census for recordkeeping only. However, a review of participants shows approximately350 New York schools participated in the census. All schools- religious, private, public and charter—hadat least one participant.Out of 62 New York State Counties, 45 Counties participated in this state wide survey. In New York Cityall five boroughs participated with the Bronx having the most responses followed by Brooklyn, Queens,Manhattan and Staten Island. Students from 40 different counties in New York State outside of NYC also participated in the survey with Westchester, Erie, Fulton , Chenago, Sullivan and Nassau Counties havingthe highest response rates respectively.The survey was administered to students from Grades 3 to 12. However, the highest participation camefrom middle school grades 6
, 7
and 8
. Of the students who took part in the census, 54.8% were femaleand 45.2% were male.

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