Cyberbullying, which is bullying that happens online, can be a serious issue for children and young people in Wales.
At FamilyPoint we were sent some stats from Ofcom about young people’s online habits. They are very positive, particularly when it comes to bullying and cyberbullying. 89% of people aged 8-15 had not been bullied in real-life or online.
Sadly it’s not 100%, which means there is some online bullying but it’s not as widespread as some media reports may make you think. That’s not to say it isn’t a serious issue. There’s plenty of great websites you can use to help you talk to your child about online bullying:
- Check out our guide on Keeping The Kids Safe Online On Their New Gadgets
- The NSPCC has a fantastic section on bullying & cyberbullying
- InternetMatters.org do too
- Gov.UK has a PDF called Advice for Parents and Carers on Cyberbullying
- Childnet.com’s section is aimed at teachers but has some useful tips
- UK Safer Internet Centre has this useful PDF for parents called Supporting Young People Online
- There’s loads of links on Hwb’s e-safety page
- SWGFL also has plenty of links, we particularly like the checklists on Snapchat and Instagram, which are growing in popularity with under-15s
You can also direct children and young people to Meic, the national info, advice and advocacy helpline for children and young people in Wales.
There were other interesting statistics from the Ofcom report. While more and more parents are learning about content filters and settings, the majority are still unaware or not used them. Use the links above and UK Safer Internet Centre’s Parents’ Guide To Technology if you want to learn more.
We’ve got a whole section on Technology on FamilyPoint so you can learn more about online safety. Here’s some related articles about social media and keeping young people safe online.
- Product Placement, Online Adverts & Your Child
- Safer Internet Day & Your Child
- How Young Is Too Young For Facebook?
- YouTube Kids App: Programmes Or Adverts?
- Keeping The Kids Safe Online On Their New Gadgets
Do you have any questions or experiences with cyberbullying? Why not share them with us on our new A Problem Shared… page?