Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Schools see rise in cyber-bullying

Nearly a fifth of Year Six and Year Nine children in Northern Ireland have experienced cyber-bullying in recent months, Department of Education research has revealed.

The research, commissioned by Department of Education, shows that 15.5% of Year Six and 17% of Year Nine pupils have experienced cyber-bullying in recent months.

The The Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) described the research findings as a “dramatic increase” from similar research conducted in 2007.

In addition, almost one third of staff in local primary schools and over three-quarters of teaching staff in post-primary schools, highlight cyber-bullying as becoming a more prevalent type of bullying.

The NIABF hopes to highlight the growing issue of cyber-bullying during this year’s Anti-Bullying Week, which runs from today until Friday.

Schools across Northern Ireland will explore bullying behaviours throughout the week.

The NIABF will be launching a parent’s advice leaflet on cyber bullying on Thursday.

The leaflet can be downloaded for free via the NIABF website, www.endbullying.org.uk

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