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28pc of UK kids 'victims of cyberbullying'

London, Tue, 07 Feb 2012 ANI

London, Feb 7 (ANI): A new study has revealed that thousands of young people, including some teachers, are subjected to cyberbullying.


The Beatbullying study, based on a survey of 4,605 children and young people in the UK, found that just over one in four (28 percent) 11 to 16-year-olds say they have been the victim of cyberbullying.


Cyberbullying is the bullying of another person through technology, such as mobile phones or the Internet.


According to the report, in more than a quarter of cases, the individual concerned was continuously targeted, suggesting that one in 13 secondary school children have faced persistent cyberbullying.


The latest Virtual Violence II study says that with around 4.38 million secondary-aged children in the UK, it means that around 350,222 children have been the victim of persistent cyberbullying.


The study was commissioned by Nominet Trust and backed by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).


A fifth of victims said that fear of bullies made them reluctant to go to school, while 19 percent said that their confidence had dropped and 14 percent said they did not feel safe.


In addition, 5 percent said they had resorted to self-harming and three percent admitted they had attempted suicide.


And it is not just young people that have been the victims of cyberbullying - the study, published to mark Safer Internet Day, found that one in 10 teachers say they have faced cyberbullying and almost half of the 339 teachers questioned (48 percent) said they have heard or witnessed colleagues being harassed.


"Cyberbullying continues to be a dangerous problem for a significant number of young people and we must not ignore its complex and often devastating effects," the Daily Express quoted Beatbullying chief executive Emma-Jane Cross as saying.


"An integrated approach where we see Government, schools, parents, internet service providers and charities like Beatbullying all working together to keep our must vulnerable safe," she said. (ANI)


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