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Security firm finds link between bad family life and online bullying

BitDefender: Cyber-bullying starts in the home

BitDefender has said that children with parents who subject them to verbally aggressive behaviour are more likely to become cyber-bullies.

The security company conducted a survey in to 2,300 parents and found a direct correlation between parental behaviour at home and children’s behaviour online.

82 per cent o respondents said their children had been exposed to some form of cyber-bullying, with around the same percentage reporting that they only met some of their children’s online friends.

“Cyber-bullying remains a vivid threat harming children through multiple environments such as e-mail, mobile phone, social media, instant messaging, web sites or blogs,” said BitDefender’s chief security researcher, Alexandru Balan.

“Whether they are victims or harassers, young people are very affected by cyber-bullying, and some require specialised support to recover from the psychological consequences.”

According to BitDefender, the top five cyber-bullying methods are spreading rumours (93 per cent), mockery (83 per cent), insults (75 per cent), threats (63 per cent) and sharing photo’s without permission (58 per cent).

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