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Majority of Canadian teens in survey report being bullied online

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 | 4:05 PM ET

Cyber-bullying is disturbingly common among Canadian teens, with a majority who responded to an online survey saying they have been bullied online, according to a report released Wednesday.

The report, : Our Kids’ New Reality, drew from nearly 2,500 responses to a survey conducted by Kids Help Phone between Dec. 20, 2006, and Jan. 20, 2007. Kids Help Phone and Bell Canada released the report in a handful of Canadian cities.

More than 70 per cent of respondents to the survey reported that they have been bullied online, while 44 per cent said they have bullied someone online. At least 38 per cent reported having experienced cyber-bullying within the last three months.

“A large percentage of kids are experiencing bullying or are others in cyberspace online, which was quite a surprise,” Donna Hansplant, vice-president of counselling services for Kids Help Phone, told reporters in Toronto.

“What’s become really clear to us is the kids are really looking for a way to help them navigate this whole new world. It’s their world. There are no adults helping them. They are there by themselves since there are no adult controls on that whole internet system.”

The report says 76 per cent of respondents reported being called names and being made to feel bad, while 52 per cent reported having spread about them and 38 per cent reported being threatened or scared. Read more @ CBC News

OSA Editorial Comments:

What a great article it shows how big this problem really is, teens need to know they have a safe haven and a place to go, when Bullies begin to start Bullying. Look for our brand new ebook being released in a few weeks, called: Cyber Bullying, the New Face of Bullying! What Your Teenager May Not Be Telling You About Internet Bullying, Happy Slapping, Trash Texting! It’s a Bigger Problem than you might think, What every parent needs to know.

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