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