Vatican Releases Global Report on Effects of Cyberbullying

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Bullying and cyberbullying are an increasing phenomena, with serious consequences for children’s emotional health and educational development.

To present this issue with real data, the pontifical foundation Scholas Occurrentes released the first Global Report on Cyberbullying.

Pope Francis sponsored the study with a message declaring war on cyberbullying.

“The emptiness of the aggressor’s own identity is apparent. There is a need for them to attack in order to feel like a person,” he said. 

According to Scholas, boys are more likely than girls to be bullied on the Internet. For girls, the effects of bullying are stronger, such as a loss of confidence, stress, and difficulty sleeping.

Arturo was the victim of serious assault by a gang of teenagers he did not know at all. 

Now that he has recovered, he told his story, and said that insults on the internet may be even worse. 

“It can be said that cyberbullying is more despicable and may be even worse than bullying itself. With bullying, you have your persecutors right in front of you. With cyberbullying, not only are they unseen, you also have to confront an invisible audience,” he said. 

For months, the Scholas Papal Foundation has been proposing new steps to combat the issue of bullying.

“Our idea is gathering young people from all over the world and say to them: You are sometimes the victims – we always talk about the victims – you are also the bully, but you are also the public,” said José María Del Corral, President of Scholas Occurentes.

“Well, we are not going to study to see what we do with you, but you are the ones who are going to implement a different policy, and we the adults are going to discover our responsibility.”

For 24 hours, Scholas brought together young people and experts from around the world in a large virtual gathering to showcase useful initiatives against bullying and how to detect it.