Social media sites have lead to a 12% rise in bullying since 2016

An NSPCC report shows that cyber-bullying counselling sessions with Childline have increased by a staggering 87% since 2012. Children as young as nine years old say they feel there’s ”no escape”.

Counsellors from Childline say they have received an ”astonishing amount” of reports of death threats, name calling and blackmail on social media sites.

Anti-Bullying week commences on November 13th across the U.K. The week is designed to allow teachers to advise children throughout schools how to deal with all types of bullying.

”Creating an ethos where children have empathy and understanding”
John Rees, Education Consultant

Anti-Bullying Alliance co-ordinates Anti-Bullying week which is aiming to ‘shine a spotlight on bullying’.

The mobile phone is the most used medium for cyber-bullying, with over 80% of children having use of one

The theme for Anti-Bullying week 2017 is ‘All Different, All Equal’.

John Rees, education consultant for Anti-Bullying Alliance, stresses that ‘if parents and staff don’t model supportive relationships’ the amount of children suffering from cyber-bullying will continue to rise.

He suggests, ”creating an ethos where children have empathy and understanding” in schools would help prevent bullying.

 

Cyber-bullying has reportedly lead to long-term mental health issues, including depression, bi-polar disorder and suicidal thoughts.

Naomi Howlett, Head of Pastoral Support at Hollygirt School, Nottingham says they provide ‘ ‘issues” lessons which teach young children how to protect and conduct themselves online’.

A student at Hollygirt, who preferred to be unidentified, describes how his cyber-bullying experiences in his previous school left him feeling ‘isolated and shut off from everyone’.

If there have been any issues which are highlighted within this post, don’t hesitate to contact the following companies:

Childline: 0800 1111

NSPCC: help@nspcc.org.uk

Anti-Bullying Alliance: aba@ncb.org.uk