New websites and support have been launched this month with the aim of supporting the increasing numbers of young people experiencing Cyberbullying.
One in five 11-16 year olds in the UK say they have experienced cyberbullying and three quarters say they don’t feel that there is appropriate support for victims.
Cybermentors is a Beatbullying project and is all about young people helping each other online. Currently over 700 volunteers have attended special training (including child protection awareness) to become an online mentor to another young person experiencing bullying. Young people can use the cybermentors site for advice and support via email or chat. Alice, 13 is one such voulnteer from Kent, you can read her story here
Many schools in Kent are beginning to offer support and training to pupils and the e-Safety officer is working with BeatBullying to promote and offer this service to more schools.
Txt Up: Stand up is a new website and text message service which offers tips on beating the bullies, submitted by young people who have been through the same experience. Teens can give advice via text message or directly at www.textup.co.uk/. Visitors can then vote on their favourite tips, and the most useful are distributed monthly via a text message service which young people can sign up to receive by texting âtxtup’ to 82120.