How Many People Get Cyberbullied a Year? (2023 Data)

As a small business consultant with over 10 years of experience assisting entrepreneurs, I often advise my clients on HR risks that can impact their companies. One rising issue is cyberbullying – and how frequently it‘s occurring is downright alarming.

In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll share the latest data and analysis on cyberbullying incidents per year across age groups and platforms. I‘ll also provide proactive solutions an entrepreneur can implement, whether you manage a 5 person startup or a 500 person enterprise.

The Startling Scope of Cyberbullying in 2024

Let‘s start by quantifying the scale of cyberbullying today in stark statistics:

  • 46% of US teenagers – nearly 1 in 2 – have experienced cyberbullying in their lifetimes^[1]
  • 41% of American adults were harassed online from 2020-2021 alone^[2]
  • Over 50% of young adults aged 18-39 face cyber harassment^[3]
  • Up to 27% of elderly internet users endure cyberbullying^[3]

Cyberbullying takes many forms, including:

  • Harassment (52% of 18-23 year olds)^[3]
  • Stalking
  • Physical threats
  • Sexual harassment
  • Spreading lies or rumors
  • Impersonation
  • Public shaming

It predominantly occurs on social networks like Facebook, but also via:

  • Text messages
  • WhatsApp
  • Email
  • Online forums
  • Multiplayer video games

With over 40% of the total internet population suffering from cyberbullying, this is an issue no business leader can afford to ignore.^[]

The Tangible Impacts of Cyberbullying

As an entrepreneurship consultant, I measure problems in real-world impacts – missed days, lost productivity, high turnover. Cyberbullying has stark business consequences:

  • Victims suffer anxiety, depression, stress^[4]
  • 51% of bullied employees lose work time avoiding harassers^[5]
  • 12-50% consider leaving their jobs^[5]
  • Replacing an employee costs 21% of their salary^[6]

On a human level, frequently cyberbullied teenagers display:^[7]

  • Detachment from family and friends
  • Plummeting grades
  • Chronic absenteeism
  • Physical stress symptoms

In severe cases, victims attempt self-harm or suicide.

Whether towards your employees or customers, cyberbullying jeopardizes retention, loyalty, and long-term business growth.

Combating the Cyberbullying Epidemic

With over 76% of adults believing we‘re losing the war against cyberbullying, bold action is required from policymakers, tech corporations and business leaders alike.^[8]

As an entrepreneur, you can mitigate cyberbullying with policies like:

  • Social media codes of conduct
  • Cyberbullying education programs
  • Reporting procedures + anonymity protections
  • Blocking tools and privacy settings
  • Counseling support

Enforce your rules with the same rigor as anti-discrimination and harassment policies. Send a clear message that abusing fellow employees online carries consequences.

For family businesses, install parental controls and maintain open communication channels with children. Monitor their screen time and enforce no-device zones.

Finally, support national legislation that criminally penalizes cyberstalking, doxing and credible threats. Tech companies must also strengthen identity protections and simplify reporting mechanisms for victims.

The action we take today shapes the prevalence of cyberbullying tomorrow. Let these alarming statistics motivate you towards compassion, courage and change.


  1. Cloudwards: "Cyberbullying Facts and Statistics 2023"
  2. Pew Research Center: "41% of Americans have been harassed online"
  3. ADL: "Online Hate and Harassment Report 2021"
  4. VeryWellMind: "How Cyberbullying Can Take a Mental Toll"
  5. Norton: "Cyberbullying in the Workplace Statistics"
  6. PeopleKeep: "Retaining Employees Guide"
  7. VeryWellFamily: "The Effects of Cyberbullying on Teens"
  8. ExplodingTopics: "Cyberbullying Statistics"