Bebo hit by bullying

Darren Allan

November 16, 2009

An anti-bullying charity has published a report which has declared Bebo the social networking site where the most “cyber-bullying” has taken place.

Beatbullying says that 30% of 11 to 16-year-olds who have experienced online bullying have been tormented on Bebo.

Almost half of those questioned said that they had witnessed bullying on the site, so much so that it’s apparently nicknamed “Bullybo”.

Other social networking sites named include Facebook (with 11%) and MySpace (10%). MSN Messenger is also a problem area – with 58% being bullied on the service – but that’s not surprising given its popularity.

Other statistics the report produced include the fact that 70% of respondents knew the person who was cyber-bullying them. Also, a quarter of people had been sent a video clip of someone being bullied.

In response, Beatbullying has begun a CyberMentors program which offers online help and advice to victims from their peers.

Emma-Jane Cross, Chief Executive of Beatbullying, commented: “We know the consequences of cyber-bullying are just as traumatic as those of face-to-face bullying; in the past year alone, we’ve witnessed tragic suicides resulting from relentless online hate campaigns.”

“We must all act together, and fast. Beatbullying’s CyberMentors empowers young people to help their peers deal with all forms of bullying and with over 190,000 children seeking help in the first 9 months, it’s clear there is a real demand and need for this. It is imperative that CyberMentors receives the necessary funding to develop beyond a pilot project, and so help even more young people affected by bullying.”

The site is at: www.cybermentors.org.uk






 

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