Cyberbullying accounts for 10% of bullying by UK adolescents

According to an academic study conducted by psychologists at the University of Oxford and reported in The Lancet, cyberbullying is considerably less common than traditional bullying among UK adolescents.

30% of adolescents had experienced some kind of bullying in the last year while just 3% had experienced cyberbullying. Regardless of the form, being a victim of bullying is associated with poorer mental wellbeing. Cyberbullying may not dominate the average adolescent experience today, but it remains an area of concern as adolescents increasingly rely on digital forms of communication.

Children growing up in a digital society.

In light of the concerns of potential risks that the digitalised world poses to children, the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications carried out an inquiry that aimed to understand what issues and opportunities children face in the digital society.

The inquiry highlighted a fragmented policy landscape and the limited effectiveness of self-regulation in protecting children, as well as opportunities for joined-up action on issues and opportunities facing children in the digital society.

The report's recommendations include a call for industry to adopt more child-friendly design and filters, for digital literacy to become a fourth pillar in children's education, and for improved efforts from various stakeholders to ensure that children's online opportunities are being optimised.

To view the report please use this link.