To mark the start of Anti-Bullying Week, Childline has revealed that more than 5,000 counselling sessions about cyber-bullying were delivered in the past year.
Since Childline, run by the NSPCC, specifically started recording cyber-bullying counselling sessions five years ago, they have more than doubled.
Name-calling, spreading rumours, death threats and blackmail posted publicly on social media profiles, blogs and online pictures were just some of the ways young people told counsellors they were being tormented.
Childline delivered 5,103 counselling sessions about cyber-bullying in 2016/17 – a 12% increase from the previous year.
Children as young as nine told Childline counsellors they were being targeted by online bullies, with girls and 12-15 year-olds receiving the most counselling sessions about this issue.
One boy told Childline: “I’m being bullied on social media by people who call me fat and ugly. I can’t block them because then they’ll just bully me even more at school. I don’t