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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011
NCES 2012-002
February 2012


Table 11.3.

Percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported being cyber-bullied anywhere during the school year, by selected cyber-bullying problems and selected student or school characteristics: 2009


    Cyber-bullying anywhere
Student or school characteristic Total cyber-bullying1   Hurtful information on internet   Subject of harrassing instant messages   Subject of harrassing text messages   Subject of harrassing e-mails   Subject of harrassing while gaming   Excluded on-line  
Total 6.0   2.0   1.8   3.0   1.3 ! 0.8   0.9  
Sex                   !        
Male 4.9   1.1   1.1   2.0   0.7 ! 1.4   0.8  
Female 7.2   2.9   2.5   4.0   2.0 !   0.9  
Race/ethnicity2                   !        
White 6.8   2.3   2.0   3.4   1.4 ! 0.9   1.0  
Black 5.5   2.0 ! 2.0 ! 3.0   0.9 !   0.9 !
Hispanic 5.0   1.4   1.5 ! 2.3   1.6 !   1.0 !
Asian 2.9 !     #   !   #  
Other 4.2 !       ! # ! #  
Grade                   !        
6th 5.0   1.8 ! 2.1 ! 2.1 ! 1.6 !   1.7 !
7th 4.9   1.4 ! 2.0   2.6   1.1 ! 0.7 ! 1.1 !
8th 6.5   2.4   2.6   2.0   1.5 ! 1.4 ! 1.5 !
9th 6.7   2.4   2.2   3.3   1.6 !   1.0 !
10th 7.2   2.3   1.5 ! 4.6   2.0 ! 0.8 !  
11th 5.6   2.1   1.6 ! 2.4   0.9 ! 0.8 !  
12th 5.9   1.5 !   3.4   !    
Urbanicity3                   !        
Urban 5.7   2.0   1.2   3.0   1.1 ! 1.1   1.0 !
Suburban 6.3   2.1   2.0   2.8   1.5 ! 0.7   1.0  
Rural 5.7   1.6   2.0   3.6   1.3 !    
Sector                   !        
Public 6.2   2.0   1.9   3.1   1.4 ! 0.8   0.9  
Private 4.0   1.5 !   1.9 !      
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution.The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 "Cyber-bullying" includes students who responded that another student posted hurtful information about the respondent on the Internet; students who responded that another student harassed the respondent via instant messaging; students who responded that another student harassed the respondent via Short Message Service (SMS) text messaging; students who responded that another student harassed the respondent via e-mail; students who responded that another student harassed the respondent while gaming; and students who responded that they were excluded on-line.
2 Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Other includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Pacific Islander, and two or more races.
3 Refers to the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) status of the respondent’s household as defined in 2000 by the U.S. Census Bureau. Categories include "central city of an MSA (Urban)," "in MSA but not in central city (Suburban)," and "not MSA (Rural)."
NOTE: Bullying types do not sum to total because students could have experienced more than one type of bullying.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 2009.
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