Youths worldwide are concerned about cyber bullying but parents and schools are not doing enough to help them cope with it, a Microsoft study has revealed. According to the survey, 54 percent of children were very or somewhat worried about online bullying, and 86 percent admitted being bullied online and offline–although most of the bullying had taken place offline. The survey was conducted online from Jan. 11 to Feb. 19 this year in 25 countries including China, India, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, polling more than 7,600 children aged 8 to 17. It examined a range of online behavior among youths, from meanness to online bullying or cruelty.

Delving into demographics, it was uncovered that girls were more likely to be bullied online, at 55 percent, and be more worried about online bullying, at 57 percent. Children aged 13 to 17 were also more likely to be bullied online, at 43 percent, but were more knowledgeable about online bullying and had been taught about the risks of being online at 69 percent and 51 percent, respectively. Respondents also indicated desire to talk to a parent about the issue, but only 29 percent of them stated their parents had discuss with them steps to protect themselves online.

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