Irish cyberbullying 'highest in EU'

A quarter of nine- to 16-year-olds experienced some form of bullying, both online and offline, according to a report. Photograph: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

A quarter of nine- to 16-year-olds experienced some form of bullying, both online and offline, according to a report. Photograph: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

Mon, Feb 4, 2013, 00:00

Incidences of cyberbullying among teenagers in Ireland are among the highest in Europe, according to a new report.

A quarter of nine- to 16-year-olds experienced some form of bullying, both online and offline. Levels of bullying in Ireland are above average compared with the 25 other countries surveyed as part of Safer Internet Day, a global initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people.

Irish teenagers recorded four times the level of lasting damage from bullying than the European average, with 8 per cent reporting lasting trauma. The European average is 2 per cent.

More than two-thirds of the parents (68 per cent) did not know their children were bullied, while just 29 per cent did know.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn both turned up at this morning’s launch of two initiatives - the Watch your Space public awareness campaign on cyber-bullying, and a new Garda primary schools programme module, Connect with Respect, which deals with online bullying.

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