New survey findings have suggested that over half of children and young people in England accept cyber-bullying as part of everyday life and parents and teachers often feel ill equipped to deal with the problem.
The survey, commissioned by legal experts Slater & Gordon and the Anti-Bullying Alliance and published to coincide with next month’s national Anti-Bullying Week, revealed that 67% of children would turn to their parents if they were bullied online.
However, 40% of parents do not know how to respond if their child is cyber-bullied or how to set up filters on computers, tablets and mobile phones that could protect their children. Almost half (49%) of parents say that the amount of opportunities their child has to access the internet leaves them struggling to monitor online behaviour, with 51% saying this also makes them afraid for their child.
Luke Roberts, National Co-ordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance said: "Our research shows that cyber-bullying is an everyday problem for today’s children, but teachers and parents are not always able to provide the advice and support young people need.
"The solution is better education, not only in the classroom but better training for teachers and support for parents. We need a collaborative approach to tackling cyber-bullying, so children themselves can take responsibility for their own safety online and know where to turn for help when things go wrong. If we get this right, our children will be able to enjoy a digital future that is safe, fun and connected."
Other findings from the survey included showing that 69% of teachers and 40% of young people said that more should be taught about cyber-bullying and online safety through the national curriculum compared with just 43% of schools that currently teach it.
Almost a third (32.1%) of young people said that educating schools, parents and young people would have the greatest impact towards combating the problem of cyber-bullying.
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