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Cyberbullying 'affecting many Irish teenagers'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 02/10/2013. Cyberbullying 'affecting many Irish teenagers'Tags: Secondary School News

Many young people in Ireland are being affected by cyberbullying at present, new findings have shown.

To be presented at the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology conference tomorrow (October 3rd) by Dr Stephen Minton, a lecturer in the psychology of education at Trinity College, the figures revealed one in seven teenagers in Ireland have been the victim of cyberbullying in the past three months.

It was shown that one in 11 young people also admitted to being the perpetrator of cyberbullying during this time.

According to the research, victimisation of this type is most prevalent among young teenagers - especially those around 13 years old - and levels are similar for both boys and girls.

Dr Minton said: "The physical forms of bullying are always more prevalent among males than females, but in terms of cyberbullying, it is roughly even for most categories."

He has encouraged parents to do more in order to monitor their child's activity online, especially as the Government has so far failed to introduce legislation in this area.

Written by Donal WalshADNFCR-2163-ID-801644767-ADNFCR


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