60pc of children victim of cyber bullying

16th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Concerning research has indicated that the problem of cyber bullying is growing out of control in Flanders.

16 March 2006

BRUSSELS — Concerning research has indicated that the problem of cyber bullying is growing out of control in Flanders.

The Antwerp University research has revealed that 62 percent of youths in the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium have been bullied via email or mobile text messaging.

The research — commissioned by the Flemish government — involved the survey of 2,000 students from the lowest grade in primary school and secondary school students.

Cyber bullying usually involves abusive language via email or text, hacked computers or tampered photos being placed on the internet.

The bullies are usually technical or vocational school students and have an average of 15. Boys are more often bullies than girls.

Some 52.5 percent of respondents admitted they had misled or cheated someone via text or internet and 62 percent said they had been a victim of such tactics.

Left-wing Spirit Flemish Parliament MP Jan Roegiers has urged the regional government to help left a taboo around the issue.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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