An academic survey has revealed that cyberbullying is less common compared to the “traditional” face-to-face bullying following a research on 120,000 15-year kids in England.
While about 30% stated that they have experienced regular bullying of some act, only 3% said it occurred both off and online.
About 1% stated that the most common bully they faced was online-only.
We were getting a high number of incoming calls relating to cyber-bullying. The Children’s charity of NSPCC said.
The survey was created to find out about bullying that 15-year-olds faced always: once or twice in the previous two months.
Co-author Andrew Przybylski explained “It’s not like they have never faced cyber-bullying,” he pointed out that isolated matters like that are not represented in the final data.
“If you have a child or you manage a school or creating an intervention, (both on and offline bullying) are more or less similar cases.”
He said that his research revealed the right way for tutors and parents to handle the issue, which to ensure that children are free to relate to any kind of bullying they may face.
However, the increase of cyber-bullying has mostly affected a couple of charities that work with children.
Backed by data
The NSPCC own Childline bullying result for 2015-16 showed “We have noticed an 88% rise in counselling relating to online bullying in the last past five years.”
NSPCC head of Child Safety Online, Claire Lilley said. “We are aware that cyber-bullying can be a huge problem because it doesn’t end at the school premises.”
“Each year we get a lot of calls concerning cyber bullying.”
“It’s important that children who experience bully inform anyone what’s they are passing through, either by calling childline on 080011 11 or opening up the truth to a trusted adult”.