In a survey done by the charity BeatBullying, it has been reported that 340,000 teens in the UK have been subjected to bullying over mobile phones or the internet.
The report that has been released to coincide with the National Anti-bullying Week, also reported that teenagers faced the maximum level of abuse on the social networking site Bebo and Microsoft’s instant messenger service, Windows Live Messenger.
It was also reported that, out of the 2,094 youngsters in the age group of 11 to 18 years that were interviewed, two thirds of them had witnessed some or the other form of online bullying, 58% of which happened on Bebo and Windows Live Messenger.
Expressing her views on the subject, Emma-Jones Cross, who runs the organisation, Beatbullying, said that internet service providers, social networking sites and the mobile phone companies should keep a check on offensive material and remove it within six hours of being posted.
This cruel use of the internet brings to light the unchecked reign of the anonymous bullies who abuse tend to their peers and strangers alike without actually coming face to face with their victim and hence they could not understand the adverse affect bullying has on their victims.
Bullying, either in person or in cyberspace, should not be tolerated since it can have devastating effect on the upbringing of teenagers and young people. The problem though is that it is very difficult to intervene in one-to-one communications.
(BBC Dot Life)