Crackdown on cyberbullying

Published on by Sofi Germanos (editor), Emily Williamson (author)

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Charities urge social media sites to do more to tackle cyberbullying.

New figures have been revealed in coalition with Anti-Bullying Week, that the number of children being targeted online has risen by nearly 90 per cent in the past five years.

NSPCC’s charity helpline, Childline, has counselled 4,541 children about online bullying in the last two years, nearly double the amount 4 years ago.

Brighton-based anti-bullying charity Ditch The Label, also carried out an independent investigation in partnership with social intelligence firm Brandwatch, evaluating 19 million tweets from the US and the UK over four years. They found that politics is the subject most likely to provoke bullying insults, closely followed by sports.

Other subjects that were found to be susceptible to online bullies were intelligence, appearance, sexual orientation, religion and gender.

The NSPCC and Ditch The Label want social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to take more control over online abuse, while advising that children use the Childline helpline, or to seek guidance from their websites if they have been affected in any way from cyberbullying.

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