In 2012 e-Safer Suffolk working in partnership with UCS released the details of the second Suffolk Cybersurvey. Focusing on online rights and responsibilities, the study based on an online questionnaire, administered by Youthworks Consulting Ltd, and analysed by UCS, examined the responses of 2,838 young people in Suffolk. Highlights from the survey include:
- The reported incidence of cyberbullying has remained stable with 19% of children and young people identifying them as cyberbullied (lower than the national average).
- The study found that girls are more likely to experience cyberbullying than boys and are more likely to report being upset by the experience.
- Boys are slightly more likely than girls, however, to experience homophobic cyberbullying.
- Young people with a disability are much more likely to be bullied.
- Only 52% of young people in Suffolk who have been cyberbullied are seeking help to stop it.
Download the complete 2012 cybersurvey report
Lorna Jackson, Suffolk e-Safety Lead Officer, said: “The response to the 2012 cybersurvey was phenomenal and told us categorically that our children and young people, whilst they enjoy using the internet and new technological devices, are at risk of threats that we, as adults often find difficult to comprehend. What is clear is that those that care for or work with our most vulnerable groups do need to get to grips with the risks not just for these groups but to themselves, as professionals."
2013/14 Suffolk Cybersurvey - now closed
This year's cybersurvey focussed on children and young people, and was updated to respond to the rise in new social media platforms and issues such as sexting and access to to images ‘depicting nudity’. The data will be analysed over the next few months, and the results published in February 2014.