Bullying, Facebook Remain National Teen Issues

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

May 26, 2013 Updated May 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM EDT

UNDATED (www.incnow.tv) – Bullying in schools remains an issue across state and the country, and turns out teens hate Facebook.

Bullying has always been a problem, but with younger kids getting their hands on technology, like smartphones and computers, the bullying seems to be getting even worse.

The director of the Indiana Youth Institute encourages parents to let the school know if their child is being bullied, and for students being bullied, if you want it to stop make your voice known.

"The bully depends on your silence. The bully is counting on your silence, so if you don't remain silent that is the difficult but first step to stop bullying from happening in the future,” said Bill Stanczykiewicz, Director with the Indiana Youth Institute.

Schools are taking proactive approaches to curb bullying though, by trying to create a positive environment where students respect and value each other.

A surprising find: Although Facebook remains the leading social network, turns out American teenagers hate it!

The Pew Internet and American Life Project report found that some teenagers do enjoy using Facebook, but a majority complain of "an increasing adult presence and negative social interactions" claiming that people share too much information.

The report shows that teens often use Facebook as an escape from adults or real life drama, yet teens compared the social media site to high school saying it's full of "drama."

Despite the complaints, 94 percent of American teenagers maintain a Facebook profile, compared to 26 percent who use Twitter and eleven percent who use InstaGram.

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