Child victims of cyber bullying doubles while a third of 15-year-olds admit to nude pics
ALMOST one in three 15-year-olds admit to having used technology to send a naked picture of themselves.
Published: 00:01, Wed, December 3, 2014
The number of child victims of cyber bullying has doubled within the last year
As more and more children regularly use the internet they have become increasingly vulnerable, according to a panel of experts which is calling on the Government to do more to safeguard children from online threats.
Recent research by anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label revealed that almost a quarter [24 per cent] of young people have sent a naked photo of themselves to someone they only know online.
Meanwhile, nearly one in four teachers [73 per cent] are concerned about the rise in sexting, grooming and cyber bullying – both in and out of school.
Former culture secretary Maria Miller was among a panel of prominent figures at the launch of Commit to PROTECT yesterday. Among those backing the is child online safety provider Point2Protect.
The company’s director Ian Skeels said: “Despite the fantastic opportunity the internet offers children, they are now more vulnerable than ever. The technology using network filtering isn’t the answer as it only blocks sites in the home.
“It doesn’t help children to learn about how to navigate the internet safely for themselves. This why we’re calling for change.”
Parents are often too busy to confront the issue and often just “hope for the best”, say campaigners.
Teachers lack sufficient training and resources to deal with the problems, while lawmakers have devolved responsibility to providers, say those calling for change. Andy Phippen, professor at Plymouth University said: “It is time to rethink how we keep children safe.”