- In 2010, one in five adolescents said that they had been cyberbullied at some point in their lives, and about the same number admit to having been a cyberbully. Cyberbullying ranges from repeatedly making fun of another person through email or text messaging to posting something online about them that they don’t like. Of these, adolescents are most commonly cyberbullied via text message.
- 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online and 80% of those online teens are users of social media sites.
- The volume of texting among teens has risen from 50 texts a day in 2009 to 60 texts for the median teen text user.
- Some 23% of all those ages 12-17 say they have a smartphone and ownership is highest among older teens: 31% of those ages 14-17 have a smartphone, compared with just 8% of youth ages 12-13.
- 77% of those ages 12-17 have a cell phone.
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