Thousands of children are too frightened to go to school or suffer depression and even attempt suicide after being targeted by ‘cyber bullies’, according to a UK study.
It found 28 per cent of children aged 11 to 16 in Britain had experienced bullying on the internet or via a mobile phone.
The most common form was a malicious text (13 per cent) and around one in ten said they had received nasty comments through a social network.
More than half the incidents of ‘cyber bullying’ happen on Facebook, with the MSN messenger service the second most common platform for harassment. More than one in ten victims had been bullied via YouTube.
The survey of 4,600 children was carried out by the charity Beatbullying and the National Association of Head Teachers.
Around 20 per cent of those bullied said it had made them reluctant to go to school. A worrying 11 per cent said it made them depressed, and three per cent attempted suicide.