Taipei, October 21 (Xinhua) -- By Xu Ruiqing and Chen Jianxing Nearly 80 percent of Taiwanese teenagers consider online bullying a serious problem, according to a survey released By the Taiwan Child Welfare League on Monday. More than 20 percent said they had been bullied online, and 26 percent of those who had been bullied had thought about hurting themselves.
Teenagers in Taiwan spend an average of 42.7 hours a week using the Internet, up from 27.2 hours last year, the survey showed. As the amount of time teenagers use the Internet multiplies, the problem of cyberbullying is growing. The survey found that the most common forms of cyberbullying in Taiwan included being attacked or accused by others for no reason, receiving highly critical messages or messages from others, and being discredited by others spreading false accusations or rumors. The most common platform for cyberbullying is messaging software, followed by social networking sites. Classmates or friends were the most common bullies, accounting for nearly 80 percent, followed by strangers at more than 20 percent.
Bai Lifang, chief executive of the Taiwan Children's Welfare League, pointed out that teenagers are highly dependent on the Internet, prone to social anxiety, cyber bullying and negative emotions. According to the survey, 66.3 percent of Taiwanese teenagers feel angry, 55.1 percent sad and depressed, and 48 percent panic and anxiety when being bullied online. It is important to note that about how to face and solve the problem of network bullying, more than eighty percent of teenagers feel can trust parents or teachers, but the actual encounter, only 22.4% of people will report the teacher or parents, 12.8% said they wouldn't tell anyone for help, nearly sixty percent of people think that "said it is no use," forty-seven percent of the people "afraid of dealing with worse and worse," The fear of being dealt with by teachers is even higher than the fear of being retaliated or excluded.
Bai said schools, parents and teenagers need to cooperate with the growing problem of online bullying. It is suggested that schools strengthen anti-bullying policies and teachers strengthen counseling skills to deal with disputes between children. Parents should establish and maintain a supportive relationship with their children and be trusted and willing to help their children. Teenagers should also limit their time on social media and reduce repeated exposure to online platforms.