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1 in 4 secondary students 'admits to cyber bullying'

Survey also finds that 1 in 5 primary school pupils has been bullied online

Published on Jul 14, 2014 7:08 AM
A posed photograph of a victim of cyber-bullying. One in four secondary school students have admitted to bullying their peers online in the past year, according to a poll. -- PHOTO: ST FILE  

One in four secondary school students admitted that they have bullied their peers online within the past year, a poll has found, while one in three said they have been victims of cyber bullying.

These ranged from spreading rumours or vicious remarks about a person on social networks, to "defacing" a person's picture and then circulating it online.

One in five primary school children, too, reported being "cyber bullied".

The survey of 3,000 secondary school students and 1,900 primary pupils was done by Touch Cyber Wellness, the main agency that runs online safety talks in schools here.

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New app offers safety tips

PARENTS who want to find out more about what their children get up to in cyberspace can now do so while on the move.

SingTel and Touch Cyber Wellness launched Singapore's first cyber-wellness mobile app - dubbed notAnoobie - last week.

In popular lingo, the term "noobie" refers to a novice.

The free app aims to be a one-stop information source to help parents better understand and protect their children from online risks.

Parents can be kept in the loop about the latest cybertrends in six key areas via the app: gaming, social media, cyber bullying, inappropriate online content, mobile technology and online privacy.

In each section, there are resources such as game reviews and real-life stories of young people who had to grapple with online bullying or online scams and pornography.

"Many parents have told us that they are often clueless about their children's online activities. Yet, they are and should be the first line of defence when their children run into problems," said Mr Eugene Seow, executive director of Touch Community Services.

The app is available for download on the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores.