In the news - One in three children cyberbullied

One in three children has been the victim of cyberbullying in the last year, a TES conference has heard.

Psychologist and media personality Tanya Byron told attendees at the TES Cyberbullying Conference on 13 July that the advent of social media meant that problems traditionally left in the playground now continue and escalate beyond the end of the school day.

In the news: Teaching resources - 13 July

One in three children cyberbullied


One in three children has been the victim of cyberbullying in the last year, a TES conference has heard.

Psychologist and media personality Tanya Byron told attendees at the TES Cyberbullying Conference on 13 July that the advent of social media meant that problems traditionally left in the playground now continue and escalate beyond the end of the school day.

As a result, the proportion of pupils affected by cyberbullying has risen sharply. The percentage of students who have directly experienced cyberbullying has grown from 11 per cent five years ago to 34 per cent of pupils in the last year. Girls, 9 to 12-year-olds and pupils with special needs are among those most at risk.

“There is a tragic lack of [use of] technology in education,” said Professor Byron. “We need to engage pupils in ways they understand and help them to become responsible digital citizens.”

She went on to explain that many perpetrators had never considered the impact of their actions.

“It’s easy to get carried away when you’re in your bedroom having a giggle with your girlfriends and you can’t see the tears in someone’s eyes.”

Professor Byron said that “draconian measures” taken by many schools to shut down pupils’ online worlds only encouraged them to explore further and without supervision.

She added that it was the responsibility of teachers to ensure they were fully informed so that they could facilitate pupils’ understanding of digital media.




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