Did you know? Do you want to know? Facts about Cyberbullying

HelpUsStopCyberbulliesYes, it’s growing problem that isn’t going to ever go away. So far from burying heads in the sand, if we are going to give our children and young people online access then we have a collective responsibility to keep them safe and at the same time show them, teach them, guide them to stay safe and if necessary deal sensibly with any experiences that make them feel unsafe, uneasy or uncomfortable.

When we talk about Cyberbullying together in primary school I get children to search online for facts and this is some of what they recently found out:

  • Over 25% of teens have been bullied repeatedly through text messages.
  • 21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mail or other forms of direct messages.
  • Only 1 in 10 victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.
  • 64% of teens bullied online report being harassed on Facebook.
  • 29% of teens bullied online have been harassed on Twitter.
  • Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.
  • 1 in 6 parents know their child has been bullied online.
  • Over 80% of teens use a mobile phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyberbullying.

Source: SGrouples 2013

Ok – they’re the bits that make us worry. But just stop a minute and think… we all regularly help our children deal with friend fall-outs and, from time to time, bullying, so we can also help them with cyberbullying.

Tip Stop!

 The children have come up with these tips to help…

  1.  If something is wrong tell a person you feel comfortable talking to
  2. Never join in the bullying
  3. If you get sent something horrible about someone you know don’t pass it on.
  4. Stop, Think, Tell, Block, Delete
  5. If you receive something that’s not nice, before you press send…..THINK! You may not be saying it…but you’re still sending it
  6. Be a friend not a bystander
  7. Forwarding mean messages empowers bullies and hurts victims even more
  8. If you can’t stop it, report it
  9. Don’t respond. Don’t empower the bully
  10. Don’t retaliate or you will turn into a bully
  11. Save the evidence in case it escalates.
  12. Tell a trusted adult. You deserve back up
  13. Treat others online as you would in real life

Want more? http://www.excite-ed.co.uk/cybersafe.html

Out of the mouth of babes…… empower young people I say.

Over and out.


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