Word on the Street: What can be done to stop cyber bullying?

What can be done to stop cyber bullying? Picture: CONTRIBUTED

What can be done to stop cyber bullying? Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

A new survey which asked 16-18 year olds about cyber bullying found that 26% of them had bullied online – we asked people in Ipswich what they thought could be done to stop cyber bullying.

The research published by thinktank Demos also found that 93% of those who had admitted to bullying online had also been on the receiving end.

As a result of the research, services in Suffolk have urged parents to do their bit in educating their children on being safe and responsible online.

Katie Lawson, founder of Suffolk community interest company Huddl, which holds talks giving advice to parents, said: “Huddl believes that parents need to take action in order to do their bit to make the internet a safer place, the terrifying stats on cyber bullying cannot be ignored.

“Children and parents need to be aware that online behaviour has offline consequences.

“Something that starts off as a joke online can easily spiral out of control, young people think that because it is online it gives them anonymity. Parents need to work with their children and schools to create a unified approach based on up to date expert advice, the landscape is constantly changing.”

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