Cyberbullying has become a permanent problem. This is shown by a recent study by Techniker Krankenkasse. 16.7 percent of students in Germany are affected by cyberbullying. Corona has exacerbated the problem. Before the pandemic in 2017, the figure was still 12.7 percent.
The consequences of cyberbullying can be serious for children and young people. In addition to physical complaints such as abdominal pain, psychological disorders can develop such as anxiety disorders or depression. According to the study, suicidal thoughts also occur in one in four children or young people affected.
Education and prevention more important than ever
klicksafe, JUUUPORT, handysektor, Internet-ABC and ZEBRA, nationwide projects of the state media authorities, have joined forces for the annual day of action against cyberbullying. Different target groups are targeted: Children, teenagers, young adults, parents and educational professionals.
On a separate Action page This year's campaign includes videos and a comprehensive anti-cyberbullying package with information, materials and hands-on activities on the topic of cyberbullying.
Under the hashtag #TogetherAgainstCyberbullying, we are joining forces against cyberbullying on the day of action and invite all interested parties to participate on their own social media channels as well.
Videos on the day of action - Bullying experiences of a person affected
18-year-old Bianca reports on her personal (cyber)-bullying experiences as part of the Day of Action against Cyberbullying. In three videos, she talks about how she experienced the attacks. She also draws attention to the bullies and outsiders who witnessed the exclusions. She tells what she would have wished from her classmates and teachers. And at the end, she gives tips on how others affected can defend themselves against bullying - whether offline or online.
In addition to the information in our cyberbullying topic area, you will also find materials to order. The cyberbullying first aid app is aimed at those affected, as are the accompanying poster and the flyer What to do about cyberbullying - tips for young people. The information brochure Ratgeber Cyber-Mobbing is aimed primarily at parents. And finally, the handbook What to do about (cyber)bull ying offers extensive information for educational practice. The quiz on cyberbullying appeals to all target groups.