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12% of children fall victim to cyberbullying: survey

12% of children fall victim to cyberbullying: survey

Taipei, April 23 (CNA) Along with Internet addiction and smartphone use, cyber bullying has been surging. Around 12 percent of children have been victimized by cyberbullying, 12 percent of whom have attempted suicide, according to a survey by the Child Welfare League Foundation. After the family of entertainer Cindy (???), who committed suicide earlier this week, said Thursday she was a victim of online bullies, cyberbullying has become a topic of heated debate. The foundation said that unlike apparent physical bullying, online bullying, which is often overlooked and even more harmful than physical abuse, has been on the rise. According to the foundation's 2012 survey, 50 percent of children have clicked "like" on or replied to messages expressing harsh criticism and censure, while 18 percent of them have anonymously criticized or reviled others online. To prevent children from falling victim to cyberbullying, the foundation suggested their parents install software that blocks sites, log which sites were visited, or limit the amount of time spent online. (By Hsu Chih-wei and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-19 18:30 GMT+08:00