Nearly half of the country's 14 year olds say that they have been bullied, with Cyberbullying being one of the most common kinds. Cyberbullying is abuse or threats made via the internet or by mobile phone.
A Government study has shown that teenagers who had been bullied did much worse in their exams - by up to 2 grades lower. But it also showed that if bullying was reported, children were much less likely to face bullying in the future. Young people who told their parents that they were being bullied at 14 were twice as likely not to remain being bullied at 16 than those who did not.
Tips to avoid Cyberbullying:
Don't give out personal details such as your address, mobile phone number or email address online.
- Check and update your list of friends on social networking sites on a regular basis
- Remember to use the privacy setting on your social networking sites.
- Use the "Report Abuse" or "Block Sender" options on websites.
- Keep evidence of abuse so that abusers can be traced.
- Protect your password and keep personal information safe.
If you are being bullied, tell someone who can help like a teacher, parent or other adult you can trust.