Insights Ofcom publishes 2022 study into children’s media and online habits showing that threat of online bullying is greater than offline

The study shows that four in ten children aged eight to seventeen (39%) have experienced bullying, either online or offline. Among these children, the bullying was more likely to happen on a device (84%) than face-to-face (61%). The most common way for children to be bullied via technology was through text or messaging apps (56%), followed by social media (43%) or online games (30%).

Two thirds of parents worry in general about their child being targeted by online bullies. Among parents of children who game online, over half were concerned about being bullied during gameplay (52%).

Most children (93%) say that they would tell someone if they saw something upsetting or nasty online. Girls are significantly more likely than boys to always tell someone about something worrying that they have seen (62% vs 56%). To access the study, click here.