We don’t know how many children and young people are affected by online abuse. Children often don’t tell anyone because they feel ashamed or guilty, may not know who to tell, and may not realise they are being abused.
- One in five 8 to 11 year olds and seven in ten 12 to 15 year olds has a social media profile.
- One in four children have experienced something upsetting on a social networking site.
- One in three children have been a victim of cyberbullying.
Many of the signs that a child is being abused are the same no matter how the abuse happens.
A child may be experiencing abuse online if they:
- spend lots, much more or much less time online, texting, gaming or using social media
- are withdrawn, upset or outraged after using the internet or texting
- are secretive about who they’re talking to and what they’re doing online or on their mobile phone
- have lots of new phone numbers, texts or e-mail addresses on their mobile phone, laptop or tablet.
Parents, educators, and friends can be informed, watchful, and supportive.
(Data Source - NSPCC/UK)