Despite all our best efforts to keep kids safe online
cyberbullying is still rife, according to a report by ChildLine.
In 2013 the charity saw a 87% rise
in contacts about cyberbullying, with further increase in calls about depressive feeling and actions. Not only that, but there's been a lot more reports of racist bullying than the previous year.
James Diamond, one of our e-safety experts, has written before on whether anything can be done about the seemingly unstoppable rise of online bullying
. Suggested solutions have varied from making the very act a crime
to letting kids sort it out amongst themselves
Bullying is serious, and difficult both for the children and parents involved
. ChildLine founder Esther Ranzen echoes some of the best advice with seen on Quib.ly over the past year and a bit: 'It's so important that we support children to talk about issues and look out for signs that they're not able to cope. No matter how hard pressed we are, we must commit to giving children time and space to talk about their lives.'