Online bullies prey on gamers
MORE than half of children and young people have been bullied while playing online games, research suggests.
A survey of 2 500 British kids aged 12 to 25 found 57% had been bullied while playing a game, and 22% have stopped playing as a result.
Anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label said many victims were also being bullied by peers at school and sought refuge in the online community.
When bullies targeted them in the cyber world too, the victims could feel isolated and alone.
Liam Hackett, the founder of the charity, added: “People who are subjected to bullying offline are some of the biggest consumers of the internet and technology.
“They are more likely to use online games for escapism.”
A 16-year-old gamer, Bailey Mitchell, said he had been regularly bullied and received death threats while playing online games since the age of 10.
He said: “They’ll call you some random abusive thing they can think of.”
The survey was conducted with users of Habbo, a virtual hotel platform.
Almost three quarters of those said online bullying in games should be taken more seriously. – Daily Mail