Cyber bullying on the increase

Family Lives is calling for a stronger partnership between parents, pupils and teachers to tackle cyber bullying.

The call is a result of an increase in concerned parents contacting the charity through its Parentline and Bullying UK website.

In an online survey Bullying UK found that 43.5% of respondents aged 11-16 had been bullied via social networks such as Facebook, Bebo, Myspace and Twitter. 51% felt that blocking the bully from further contact or communication was a vital tool and a further 68 % felt that being able to report the perpetrator’s bullying activities would be advantageous.

Jeremy Todd, Family Lives Chief Executive said:

“Cyber Bullying is a real concern to families and parents of bullied children often find the situation traumatic and difficult to manage. Family Lives has noticed an increase in emails and calls from concerned parents, families and supporters. Cyber bullying platforms ensure that children who are bullied have no respite as online and other social media permeates the school and home environment. Bullying in schools is a real concern to families and parents of bullied children often find the situation traumatic and difficult to manage.  Some families may find it difficult to report cyber bullying to the school concerned and parents should contact Family Lives, or visit www.bullyinguk.co.uk if they need support."

Parents concerned about cyber bulling can call Family Lives’ Free 24/7 helpline on 0808 800 2222, or contact us via email or live chat for support.