Suffolk is taking Cyberbullying seriously

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University Campus Suffolk (UCS) are encouraging Suffolk residence to take part in the 2012 Cybersurvey as part of the county's e-safer strategy.

Cyberbullying does not just affect children, many groups of adults are also vulnerable and increasingly people are reporting cyberbullying in the workforce.

Cyberbullying is on the increase and according to BeatBullying, the UK's leading bullying prevention charity, nearly a third of secondary school aged children have been cyberbulliyed. Last year, research carried out by the School of Applied Social Sciences at UCS found that 19% of young people in Suffolk claimed to have been cyberbullied – with 5% resorting to self-harm and 3% reporting an attempt of suicide as a direct result of cyberbullying.

This year the e-safer Suffolk strategy, in collaboration with UCS and YouthWorks, have launched a new cybersurvey for 2012 to find out what is happening in Suffolk.

In collaboration with Get Safe Online Week, a national campaign to pass on online safety tips and advice, University Campus Suffolk (UCS) are encouraging Suffolk residence to take the 2012 Cybersurvey to help understand the prevalence of cyberbullying in Suffolk, develop better e-safety advice and combat cyberbullying.

Dr Emma Bond, UCS Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies, said: "The consequences of cyberbullying are serious as many children who have been cyberbullied are reluctant to go to school, experience reduced confidence and self-esteem and feel frightened for their own their safety."

"Cyberbullying does not just affect children, many groups of adults are also vulnerable and increasingly people are reporting cyberbullying in the workforce."

Schools, colleges, youth clubs, student unions and any service working with children and young people are encouraged to take part in this opportunity for young people to have their views heard.
To find out how your organisation can take part in the Cybersurvey, and for your unique user login and password please contact: eSafer (at) suffolk (dot) gov (dot) uk

Closing date for responses: 30 November 2012

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