Impact of Cyberbullying on Children's Mental Health
An inquiry by The Children's Society, YoungMinds and MP Alex Chalk has shown that:
- In total, 39% of young people reported having personal experience of online bullying in their lifetime, in contrast to 49% who reported experience of off-line bullying.
- 27% of young people reported personal experience of online bullying within the last year.
- In total, 60% of young people reported having seen somebody be harassed or bullied online.
- An overwhelming majority of young people surveyed (83%) said that social media companies should do more to tackle cyberbullying on social media, whilst only 6% of young people disagreed with this.
The inquiry makes several recommendations for government and social media companies including:
- The Government should improve accountability by requiring social media companies to publish data about their response to reports of online bullying
- Social media companies should prioritise the promotion of children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing across their platforms
- The Government should commission additional research into the scale of online bullying, and its impact on children and young people
- The Government should put children’s experiences at the heart of internet safety policy development