One in three young people in 30 countries said they have been a victim of online bullying, withone in five reporting having skipped school due to cyberbullying and violence, a new poll saidlast Wednesday.
Speaking out anonymously through the youth engagement tool U-Report, almost three-quarters of young people also said social networks, including 脸书, Instagram, Snapchatand Twitter, are the most common place for online bullying.
More than 170,000 U-Reporters aged 13-24 years old participated in the poll released by UNChildren's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN special representative of the secretary-general onviolence against children, including young people from 30 countries in Europe, Asia, SouthAmerica and Africa.
"Connected classrooms mean school no longer ends once a student leaves class, and, unfortunately, neither does schoolyard bullying," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
"Improving young people's education experience means accounting for the environment theyencounter online as well as offline."
According to the poll, some 32 percent of the young people believe governments should beresponsible for ending cyberbullying, 31 percent said young people and 29 percent said internetcompanies.
The poll results challenge the notion that cyberbullying among classmates is a uniquely high-income issue. 34 percent of respondents in sub-Saharan Africa said they had been a victim ofonline bullying.
Some 39 percent said they knew about private online groups inside the school communitywhere children share information about peers for the purpose of bullying.