Young people left struggling to cope
Cyberbullying is also contributing to young people's mental health issues, such as low self-esteem, depression, self-harming and suicidal thoughts.
The 24/7 nature of social media and the feeling they are unable to escape the bullying, even at home, can leave young people struggling to cope.
"I'm being bullied on social media by people who call me fat and ugly. I can't block them because then they'll just bully me even more at school. I don't want to talk to my teachers about it, I just feel like giving up. I've been self-harming to cope but I just want to stop feeling this way."
Boy who called Childline
Dame Esther Rantzen, Founder and President of Childline said:
“Young people these days rely upon their mobile phones and social media to keep in touch with their friends, but inevitably that makes it easier for bullies to pursue their victims relentlessly. Whether bullying occurs online or in person it can have a devastating impact on a young person, destroying their confidence and leaving them isolated and vulnerable.
“Every year as a nation we lose precious young lives because bullying has made children and teenagers feel that life is not worth living. Childline wants to remind young people that they are not alone. We are here for them day and night, offering confidential help and advice.”