While connectivity and access to the internet has brought many benefits, it also has a dark side. A ground breaking Vodafone survey, one of the largest global surveys of its kind, spanning 11 countries and almost 5,000 teens, reveals that one in five teens had been cyberbullied, a fifth of whom felt suicidal.
Unlike playground bullying, cyberbullying knows no boundaries, either physical or temporal. In the online world, people are also less careful of what they say and following the crowd takes on a whole new meaning, amplifying the impact of any bullying which takes place.
For help kids, teens and young adults can call Kids Helpline
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At Vodafone, we believe in the importance of helping to stop cyberbullying. We’ve created the Vodafone Guardian app for Android™ smartphones to let you and your child select the best smartphone settings to support safe and responsible mobile use at any age. Check out our
digital parenting page for more information.