One in Four Teens Bullied on Internet

One in Four Teens Bullied on InternetOne in Four Teens Bullied on Internet

Almost half of Irish teenagers who had been cyber-bullied, say they felt helpless with three in 10 admitting to feeling completely alone.  

The figures have emerged in a global survey of 5,000 teenagers across 11 countries, including Ireland, conducted by pollsters YouGov on behalf of telecoms company, Vodafone, reports Irish Independent. Nine in 10 Irish teens said they would find it easier to cope with cyber bullying if they received support from their friends on social media. However, four in 10 admitted they find it hard to find the right words to support a friend who was being bullied online.

The findings were released at the launch of Vodafone’s #BeStrong anti-cyber-bullying initiative, that aims to build emotional resilience among teenagers online, and include the creation of ‘support emojis’ to convey compassion, sympathy and support when friends are bullied online.