The Evolution of Bullying: From Schoolyard to Smartphone 24/7

 Instead, it goes online in the form of cyberbullying. Today, about 17% of all pupils have been victims of cyberbullying attacks, the release said. 

Research undertaken by Kaspersky Lab in cooperation with media psychologists from the University of Wuerzburg shows that one out of five teenagers between the ages of 12-15 have been subject to cyberbullying. “This is a critical developmental stage in a young person’s life as children approach puberty and begin to spend more time online. With the rise in popularity of social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, life offline is becoming more interwoven with life online. Consequently, bullying becomes harder to leave behind when a child physically leaves the playground. The bullying can start offline, at school, and continue online via social media,” the release said. 
David Emm, Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab explained, “Children need to develop a sense of morality when they are interacting with other people online, just as much as they do when they are communicating offline. This will give them more empathy and reduce the likelihood of them opting to engage in cybercrime or cyberbullying. It’s also important so that they understand, from an early age, the potential dangers associated with some online activities.”