Four percent of children bullied on internet

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Around four percent of children between the ages of 9 and 16 are repeatedly bullied on the internet. The is one of the conclusions of a report by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research.

Around 60,000 children were interviewed in different countries for the study. Children are bullied less on the internet than in real life. Around 170,000 children between 11 and 16 receive sexually-loaded messages. One in five disliked these kind of comments. Dutch children appear to be confronted with this kind of phenomenon more than in other EU countries.

Researchers discovered that children with more internet experience were more likely to encounter this kind of behaviour than children with less experience. Parents and teachers find it increasingly more difficult to monitor the internet behaviour of their children. Many children have computers in their bedrooms and have a laptop and internet on their mobiles which can be used outside school or the home.

Around 1000 children and their parents in the Netherlands were interviewed for the study as part of the European project Kids Online.

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