Cyber Bullying Research

Since changing groups, my topic research up to now is somewhat irrelevant. My new group is working on a piece exploring Cyber Bullying and raising awareness of the issue. To be a productive team player I will need more information about the subject and that’s the point of this post.

Bullying and Cyber Bullying

Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else – such as name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone. It can happen anywhere – at school, at home at work or online. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally.

Bullying that happens online, using social networks, games and mobile phones, is often called cyberbullying. A child can feel like there’s no escape because it can happen wherever they are, at any time of day or night.

Bullying is an issue faced by young people and adults alike. But children are often far less autonomous and can feel they have less  control or recourse. A child spends 5 days a week in school, the majority of the people they see are school piers, if they suffer in school then it can feel as though they are trapped.

NSPCC (link)

  • There were over 25,700 Childline counselling sessions with children about bullying last year. (2016)
  • Over half of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people have experienced homophobic bullying at school
  • More than 16,000 young people are absent from school due to bullying
  • There were over 11,000 counselling sessions with young people who talked to Childline about online issues last year

Children aged 11-16 on social media

Researchers conducted an online self-completion survey in December 2012 of 1,024 11-16 year olds in the UK.

  • 28% of children aged 11-16 with a profile on a social networking site had experienced something upsetting on it in the last year
  • Of the children and young people who were upset, 11% were dealing with upsetting experiences on a daily basis
  • The most reported issue experienced on social networking sites was trolling, experienced by 37% of children who had been upset.
  • Other issues experienced by children who had been upset included: pressure to look or act a certain way (14%), cyber stalking (12%), aggressive and violent language (18%), encouragement to hurt themselves (3%), receiving unwanted sexual messages (12%), and requests to send or respond to a sexual message (8%).
  • Over half of 11-16 year olds (58%) believed at least one of the people responsible for the behaviour which had upset or bothered them was either a complete stranger, someone they only knew online, or they did not know who it was at all.
  • Only 22% of the children who were upset talked with someone else face to face about the experience.

What children have said of their experiences with bullying

Published 2016. Bullying has been among the most visited subject by NSPCC callers since 1989.

  • Bullying is the second most common reason for boys and the third most common reason for girls to contact Childline. It makes up 9 per cent of all counselling sessions
  • Bullying is the most common reason for children aged 11 and under to contact Childline; almost 1 in 4 sessions with this age group
  • Physical bullying is the top bullying concern for children aged 11 and under; peer pressure is top for 12–15 year olds and online bullying for 16–18 year olds.
  • Bullying affects academic performance and is linked to mental and physical health problems. 1/4 children is counselling sessions talked about mental health concerns

Article suggesting girls are twice as likely to be cyber bullied than boys. (Survey by ‘What about YOUth’ organiation)

Swansea girl committed suicide after being bullied on Snapchat and Facebook

A quarter of teenagers suffered online abuse in the past year. (Article posted 2016)




Author: David Rothwell

I am a Graphic Communication student at Cardiff Metropolitan School of Art and Design If you like any of my work, have feedback (good or bad) or would like to get in touch, please do

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