Cyber bullying

Cyber bullying is on the increase and the fallout is something which schools are having to deal with on a daily basis.

“What many people fail to realise is that some cyber bullying activities could be criminal offences under a range of different laws, including the Malicious Communications Act 1988 and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.”

A few surprising / alarming statistics, taken from Anti-bullying Alliance:

  • Nearly a quarter of children don’t let anyone know they are being bullied.
  • The National Centre for Social Research reported in 2011 that over 16,000 absences from school at any one time are due to bullying.
  • Farringdon et al in 2012 reported that being a victim of bullying increases one’s risk of depression in later life…with bullies having a 30% chance of being depressed too!

Please see my full article on Innovate My School’s website:

http://www.innovatemyschool.com/industry-expert-articles/item/1670-how-schools-can-tackle-cyberbullying.html

Don’t forget February 9th is Safer Internet day and may be an excellent opportunity for parents and schools to approach this subject and help children/students who may be suffering in silence.

 

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2 thoughts on “Cyber bullying

  1. Did you see the documentary with the lad who was groomed, and he met up with the other lad and he raped and killed him it was upsetting to watch but they need to go in schools more and hi light it …..

    1. Hi Debra, No I didn’t see that documentary but I know that our children are at the mercy of these individuals. Any awareness to raise cautious use of modern media is welcomed.

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