Online bullying is a growing problem, and is especially worrying for children and young people. Latest annual figures from ChildLine show an 87 per cent increase compared to just an eight per cent rise in overall bullying contacts. Young people tell ChildLine that the 24 hour nature of online bullying means there’s no escape and it can lead to very serious feelings of isolation, low self-esteem and in a few desperate cases, suicide.
Some social networking sites have responded to concerns about bullying and intimidation. But the site owners could still do more to make reporting abuse easier, responding to those reports faster, and consistently blocking anyone who uses their profile to bully and abuse other users. – Claire Lilley, Head of Child Safety Online, NSPCC
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