ChildLine is a charity which provides 24 hour free, confidential counseling service for children and young adult in the United Kingdom.
In a recent report, the charity shared many statistics which noted a significant rise in the numbers and types of cases they handled. One such type was in cyberbullying, with 4,507 cases handled in 2012-2013, an 87 percent increase from 2,410 cases handled the in 2011-2012.
One common theme of bullying and cyberbullying was racism. Around 1,400 children reported racist incidents this year compared to 861 last year, a 62.6% increase. Name calling and phrases such as “terrorist,” “bomber,” and “go back to where you came from” were widely reported.
Some other staggering statics included 29,163 children and teenage mentioned feeling suicidal, up from 22,006 in the previous year, and 22,532 contacted about self-harming, up from 16,264.
This should be a wake-up call to not only Great Britain, but also for other countries around the world. These increase in cyberbullying is not an isolated case, with the number of cyberbullying cases increasing globally as more gain access to the Internet and social networking sites. Parents and students should stay informed, and arm themselves with the proper knowledge and ways to deal with the problem, combating diligently to reverse this saddening trend.
More About ETCB:
The End to Cyber Bullying Organization is the world’s number one source for up-to-date cyberbullying information, news, legislature, and prevention tips. ETCB is instantly accessible online, and phone assistance by certified and professional cyberbullying counselors is available to any inquiring individuals. Highlighting cyberbullying as a leading issue in today’s technological society and raising awarenss throughout the web and throughout communities is the first and primary step to putting an end to cyberbullying.
A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, ETCB is an international cyberbullying awareness campaign that has united over 4.5 million individuals internationally. Youth initiatives have started up in not only the fifty states, but also in nations such as China and the UK. Partnering with other organizations, such as the Girl Scouts of USA, and Sears Anti-Bullying Coalition, has enabled us to outreach even further. All of the money raised has been utilized to continue expanding ETCB, helping to increase our impact. Most importantly, we are grateful to have comforted and served thousands of cyberbullying victims of all ages. Future victims no longer need to feel as isolated and helpless as I once did.
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