A fifth of British teenagers have admitted to bullying their peers online, a new survey shows. The majority of perpetrators are teenage boys.
The poll, conducted by the charity Action for Children to mark Safer Internet Day, found that out of a sample of 2,000 young people, 15 percent aged eight to 17 years old had bullied someone online.
The forms of bullying varied from name-calling to sending violent threats over social media sites.
The poll also found that of those most likely to bully online, 59 percent did it in order to “fit in,” while 28 percent admitted to committing the act due to peer pressure. Additionally, 12 percent said they had done it because they were unhappy.