Cyber Bullying On The Rise
Cyber Bullying On The Rise: According to the Vodafone global survey of teen cyber-bullying, released in September last year. It was done in 11 countries: the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, New Zealand, Greece, South Africa, the US, Ireland and the Czech Republic. Of the 4720 teenagers surveyed, 43% said cyber-bullying was a bigger problem for today’s youth than drug abuse. Expert Emma Sadleir said cyber-bullying is different to traditional bullying because it is often faceless and more vicious. “In the old days, it was just the immediate audience who would hear or see what was being done but now, everybody sees it on the internet, and it is permanent,” she said.
Danny Myburgh, MD of South Africa’s Cyanre Computer Forensic Laboratory, said the growth of social media had driventhe evolution of cyber-bullying. Marketing research company TRU Insights, in partnership with McAfee, found that in 2012 “92.6% of cyber bullying [was] on Facebook, 23.8% on Twitter, 17.7% on MySpace and 15.2% on direct-messaging apps”. Myburgh said: “Before parents allow their children access to technology, and especially social media, the children should be made to understand the consequences of their behaviour online.”