Shocking Extent of Cyberbullying Among Kids Revealed in Major Report

The following is excerpted from an online article posted by ScienceAlert.

Some 16 percent of children aged 11 to 15 were cyberbullied in 2022, up from 13 percent four years ago, a recent WHO Europe report covering 44 countries said.

“This report is a wake-up call for all of us to address bullying and violence, whenever and wherever it happens,” WHO regional director for Europe Hans Kluge said in a statement.

Fifteen percent of boys and 16 percent of girls reported being cyberbullied at least once in recent months, according to the study entitled “Health Behaviour in School-aged Children”.

“Virtual forms of peer violence have become particularly relevant since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, when young people’s worlds became increasingly virtual during times of lockdown,” the report said.

Other bullying has remained largely stable, with just a slight increase.

Eleven percent of boys and girls reported being bullied at school at least two or three times a month in the past couple of months, compared to 10 percent four years ago.

One adolescent in eight admitted cyberbullying others, an increase of three percentage points from 2018, the report said.

The study was based on data from 279,000 children and adolescents from 44 countries across Europe, Central Asia and Canada.

In most places, cyberbullying peaked when children were 11 years old for boys and 13 for girls.

Source: ScienceAlert

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