A major concern shared by kids across the world, according to a new report, is the fear of being bullied online. In fact, over half the kids surveyed (age 8 to 17) share this worry, and nearly one-quarter of them admit to having their fear come to life.
The report, issued by Microsoft’s Safety & Security Center, surveyed kids in 25 countries, including Malaysia, Qatar, Russia, and the U.S.
Surprisingly, online bullying in the U.S. is lower than the 25-country average of 37 percent. Twenty-nine percent of children ages 8-17 in the U.S. say they have been subjected to it.
The survey also uncovered that kids want to talk with their parents about cyberbullying, yet only 29 percent of parents have talked with their children about how to protect themselves online.
Jacqueline Beauchere, director of Trustworthy Computing for Microsoft, spoke to this statistic. She said, "Kids need to know that they can turn to a trusted adult, such as a parent, caregiver or teacher, who will talk to them about all kinds of online safety concerns."
For parents, the thought of your kid being bullied is probably one of your worst nightmares. Here are a few resources that will help you talk to your kids about cyberbullying:
- Four Things You Can Do to Protect Your Kids Online
- Downloadable Book - Own Your Own Space. A resource to help teens protect themselves online.
Has your child been bullied online? Share any tips you have on how to address online bullying in the comments below.