Cyberbullying & Online Safety

Education Technology | by | 10th Feb 2016

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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:

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.

Do you have any questions or experiences with cyberbullying? Why not share them with us on our new A Problem Shared… page?

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