[2835.3] Electronic Bullying and Recreational Video/Computer Time in U.S. High School Students
Karen Ginsburg, Andrew Adesman. Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, New Hyde Park, NY.
BACKGROUND: Electronic bullying (EB) is a growing problem. Between 2000 and 2005, there was a 50% increase in 10-17 year old computer users saying that they were a victim of “on-line harassment”.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate new national data regarding teen self-report of: 1) being the victim of EB (VEB) and 2) using computers/video devices ≥3 hours daily.
DESIGN/METHODS: Every 2 years, the CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) uses independent, cross-sectional, 3-stage cluster samples to produce a representative sample of high school (HS) students attending public and private schools in the U.S. In 2011, for the first time, the YRBSS asked 15,425 high school students whether in the past 12 months they have ever been a VEB (including e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, Web sites, and texting). Students were also asked “how many hours do you play video or computer games or use a computer for something that is not school work?”; analyses focused on students who reported spending on average ≥3 hours daily (3+V/C). Responses were examined for the entire cohort and separately by gender, grade, and ethnicity.
RESULTS: 16.2% of HS students self-reported being a VEB in the past 12 months. VEB was twice as common in females compared to males (22.1% vs. 10.8%; p<.01). This female predominance was noted across ethnic sub-groups [blacks: 11.0% vs. 6.9%, p=0.01; Hispanics: 18.0% vs. 9.5%, p<0.01; whites: 25.9% vs. 11.8%, p<0.01.; Asians: 18.3% vs. 11.2%, p=.08] and across all 4 grades [9th Grade: 22.1% vs. 10.8%, p<0.01; 10th grade: 24.2% vs. 12.6%, p<0.01; 11th grade: 19.8% vs. 12.4%, p<0.01; 12th grade: 21.5% vs. 8.8%, p<0.01]. VEB was twice as common in whites than blacks (18.6% vs. 8.9%; p<.01); 13.6% Hispanics and 14.4% Asians reported VEB. Some differences in VEB across grades were found: 9th - 15.5%; 10th - 18.1%; 11th - 16.0%; 12th - 15.0%. Almost 1/3 of HS students (31.1%) reported ≥ 3 hours daily of video/recreational computer use; this was more common in males than females (35.3% vs. 26.6%; p<.01). 3+V/C was most common in Asians and least common in whites (42.1% vs. 28.1%; p<.01). Some differences were noted across grades: 9th - 32.5%; 10th - 31.6%; 11th - 30.7%; 12th grade - 28.8%.
CONCLUSIONS: Analysis of the first nation-wide CDC survey reveals electronic bullying is relatively common across all HS grades. EB is twice as common in females (vs. males) and whites (vs. blacks). These demographic trends need to be considered in future interventions to reduce electronic bullying.
First Author is a Other
Session: Platform Session: Media & Technology (3:30 PM - 5:30 PM)
Date/Time: Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 4:00 PM
Room: 151A - Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Course Code: 2835