The Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, is again asking for people to share their experiences of online bullying.
Keen to understand the ways in which young people experience cyber-bullying, he has circulated a new anonymous survey to schools across Kent and Medway during Anti-Bullying Week.
Mr Scott said: ‘Cyber-bullying is no longer a new phenomenon, and nothing we do will make it go away completely. But the way in which young people abuse each other, including the apps and the devices they use to do so, is constantly changing. We need to talk to young people to understand the problems in order to do something about them.
‘This year I have also developed a survey for adults. Aimed at teachers, parents and elected officials it seeks to understand their own experiences of online abuse as well as the extent to which they monitor and understand what young people are doing online.’
Both surveys take a just a couple of minutes to complete and do not require your name or contact details. The results will help the PCC and his team appreciate the scale of the problem of cyber-bullying and inform ideas to protect victims, of all ages, in the future.
A previous survey in 2018 yielded more than 6,700 responses. The PCC found that cyber-bullying affects one in six young people in Kent, and yet the vast majority of those victims continued to use the app they were bullied on.
By running the survey again, Mr Scott hopes to be able to identify what, if anything, has changed in the lives of young people in Kent and Medway in the last 18 months.
To complete the survey visit <a href=”http://www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/bullying”>www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/bullying</a>.