Recent studies have identified that the amount of children and young people who require counselling as a result of online bullying has increased by an astonishing 88% in the last 5 years, according to Childline.
In conjunction with this shocking figure, the NSPCC’s Childline service claim to have counselled over 4,500 children in the last year which is almost double past figures.
However, many suffer in silence and the number of victims is thought to be a lot higher.
Online trolls have caused misery for thousands of children as young as 7 who are frightened to go to school and whose lives are being ‘wrecked’.
This type of bullying doesn’t stop at the school gates, cyber-bullying can follow them home until it becomes a ‘persecution they cannot escape’, says Childline.
These figures should raise alarm bells for change.
It is imperative that adults, parents, teachers and carers and intervening to protect these vulnerable children as it’s clear if these issues are left alone, they get worse.
For those at risk, it’s essential you take action against the bullying. Here are some examples of what can be done:
- Tell an adult you can trust
- Keep a diary of what the bullies do including dates and descriptions
- Write a letter to your headteacher
- Don’t react, show the bullies you don’t care and they will often lose interest
Parents & Teachers need to be alert for warning signs that their child, pupil etc are being bullied online. Not only could you improve the quality of that child’s life, but potentially save their life.
Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
With the likes of social media having such a huge impact in children’s lives, it’s more essential than ever that action is taken and parents talk to their children & make them aware of what forms cyber-bullying can take. Sometimes our children may not even realize they are being bullied, but just think it’s normal causing them to feel sad and depressed.
Source: The BBC