Cyberbullying linked to other forms of victimization

Québec, October 3, 2017. – Between 2009 and 2014, slightly more than 5% of Québec Internet users aged 15 or over experienced cyberbullying. This prevalence was significantly higher among individuals who had experienced other forms of victimization. Cyberbullying affects slightly less than 9% of individuals who experienced or were exposed to violence before the age of 15, about 13% of victims of incidents against the person, nearly 15% of individuals who have experienced discrimination, and slightly over 20% of victims of harassment.

The Institut de la statistique du Québec made public today an article that examines the links between cyberbullying among the population aged 15 and over and various other forms of victimization. The findings, based on data from Statistics Canada’s 2014 General Social Survey, are published in the bulletin Données sociodémographiques en bref, volume 22, No.1.

Cyberbullying more common among victims of several forms of victimization

The prevalence of cyberbullying increases with the number of forms of victimization experienced and reaches nearly 25% among individuals who have experienced three or more other forms of victimization. It must be noted that the links between cyberbullying and other forms of victimization remain even after taking into account several characteristics of Internet users, such as age, main activity, visible minority status, and having certain types of disabilities or not.


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