Online violence and bullying against children and youth increasing

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While internet access presents opportunities for connection and learning for children and youth, evidence shows it is also increasingly putting them at risk of online violence and bullying.

The first Thursday of November is International Day against Violence and Bullying at School including Cyberbullying, a day that aims to build global momentum to prevent and address cyberbullying and other forms of online violence involving children and young people.

Raising awareness of the issue, sharing what works to address it, and mobilizing governments, experts and the educational community, all helps in tackling the problem.

Over the years, lives and education of children and young people across the world have increasingly moved online and evidence shows that in various regions cyberbullying has been on the rise during the pandemic. In Europe, 44% of children who were cyberbullied before 2020 report it increased during lockdowns.

If you have experienced online bullying and would like support, you can contact Netsafe.

Learn more about raising awareness to prevent bullying and violence:

UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has created resources in multiple languages on this dedicated website to raise aware and help to combat the problem of bullying and violence against children and youth, including cyberbullying.

ChildFund New Zealand's Swipe Safe
ChildFund New Zealand supporters make possible an internet safety programme, Swipe Safe, in Cao Bang, Vietnam. It aims to empower young people to make the most of the online world but also educates them on internet risks and how to keep themselves safe. Parents and teachers also receive training. The programme runs in 37 schools in Vietnam including 11 schools in ChildFund New Zealand's dedicated community in Cao Bang.