Over a quarter of Estonian schoolchildren victims of cyberbullying ({{commentsTotal}})

Cyberbullying is increasingly becoming an issue in a society that introduces Internet devices at a very early stage.
Cyberbullying is increasingly becoming an issue in a society that introduces Internet devices at a very early stage. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

A poll taken by the Estonian Union for Child Welfare showed that 27% of Estonian schoolchildren have experienced cyberbullying. The union concluded that more attention needs to be paid to this issue.

The non-profit presented the findings of the survey “Behaving smartly on the Internet” that was conducted from May to October at its annual conference on Nov. 22. Of the 1,022 students covered by the survey, as many as 27.2% said they had been subjected to bullying on the Internet, while around 17% admitted to having done the bullying.

“Reduction and prevention of bullying requires a joint effort of different sides,” the communication manager for the project “Behaving smartly on the Internet”, Kerli Valner, said. “The Union for Child Welfare and Telia Eesti are about to start closer cooperation to prevent bullying among children and young people.”

Head of support activities at Telia Eesti, Heddy Ring, added that Telia would forego traditional Christmas presents to partners and instead make a €10,000 donation to the Union for Child Welfare specifically for activities to counter cyberbullying.

Editor: Editor: Dario Cavegn

Source: BNS



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