It’s a problem that is continuing to occur, especially with social media becoming more and more popular with young people as a way to connect with many others on the internet. Unfortunately, recent reports and studies have shown that cyber bullying is on the rise, which is the opposite of what needs to happen. Childline, the UK’s leading children’s helpline charity, has seen a huge increase in the number of children contacting them about concerns of online bullying. It saw 4,507 cases of cyberbullying in 2012-13, up from 2,410 in 2011-12. But what can be done to stop this? One of the biggest and most difficult questions to ask when looking into cyber bullying is whether the responsibility is on the social network for the safety of the users of the site, or whether the responsibility is on the decisions and actions a child makes by using a social networking site. 

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC charity, which runs ChildLine, said: “The issues facing children today are very different from those that faced us as children”. This statement really highlights the fact that in this new social media age, children face many more vulnerabilities by being so exposed on the web, in contrast to the adult generation who didn’t have the technology which would have allowed for this to happen. 

With the problem of cyber bullying continuing to happen, affecting many children and teenagers not only nationally, but internationally, is it fair to say something really does need to change?

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