One in nine adolescents bullied online: Survey

One in nine adolescents has been a victim of cyber bullying and close to half of them have, in turn, bullied others online, a large-scale study has found.
One in nine adolescents has been a victim of cyber bullying and close to half of them have, in turn, bullied others online, a large-scale study has found. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

One in nine adolescents has been a victim of cyber bullying and close to half of them have, in turn, bullied others online, a large-scale study has found.

The study, which surveyed 3,319 students aged 12 to 17 from 28 schools, was done by the Singapore Children's Society and the Institute of Mental Health in 2014.

The findings, which were released recently, also showed that victims are more likely to have recurring headaches, socio-emotional and behavioural problems, self-harming patterns and suicidal thoughts, compared with those who have not been bullied.

Both boys and girls are as likely to be cyber bullies and the victim usually has an idea of who the bully is, according to the study.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2017, with the headline 'One in nine adolescents bullied online: Survey'. Print Edition | Subscribe