Electronic Media and Youth Violence (2008)


An issue brief for educators and caregivers focusing on the phenomena of electronic aggression and summarizes what is known about young people and electronic aggression. The brief also discusses the implications of these findings for school staff, educational policy makers, and caregivers.

  • “9 to 35 percent of young people say they have been the victim of electronic aggression. As with face-to-face bullying, estimates of electronic aggression perpetration are lower than victimization, ranging from 4% to 21%.1 In some cases, the higher end of the range (e.g., 21% and 35%) reflects studies that asked about electronic aggression over a longer time period (e.g., a year as opposed to 2 months). In other cases, the higher percentages reflect studies that defined electronic aggression more broadly (e.g., spreading rumors, telling lies, or making threats as opposed to just telling lies).” (Hertz & David-Ferdon, 2008, p. 5)
  • “6 percent of internet users ages 10-17 said they had been the victim of “on-line harassment,” defined as threats or other offensive behavior [not sexual solicitation] sent on-line to someone or posted on-line.” (Hertz & David-Ferdon, 2008, p. 6)
  • “Young people who are victims of internet harassment are significantly more likely than those who have not been victim­ ized to use alcohol and other drugs, receive school detention or suspension, skip school, or experience in-person victimization.” (Hertz & David-Ferdon, 2008, p. 8)

Citation: Hertz, M.F., David-Ferdon, C., (2008). Electronic media and youth violence: A CDC issue brief for educators and caregivers. Centers for Disease Control. p. 1-22

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