A McCreary Centre Society report has found cyber-bullying creates a vicious cycle.
“(Cyber-bullies) were 10 times more likely to have bullied someone else online if they had been the victim of cyber-bullying themselves. We didn’t see many young people at all who were bullying others who hadn’t been the victim.”
Executive director Anne Smith says the key to disrupting the cycle is education for parents and their children about online behaviour.
“When we have taken these results back (to kids), we have had young people not really thinking about some of the stuff they have posted and some of the stuff they have said.”
The report also found children who sext, had been cyber bullied, or met someone ‘unsafe’ online were more likely to suffer anxiety and depression.