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  One in 4 kids e-bullied
Updated 15 April 2002, 10.27
More than one in four children have been bullied by mobile phone
More than one in every four children have been bullied by e-mail or text messages.

  Have you been a victim of e-bullying? Click here to tell us your story

Text messaging is on the increase
The figures are from a survey by a leading children's charity.

The charity - NCH, wants parents and teachers to be made more aware of the problem so that children can be taught to deal with it better.

NCH also wants schools to come up with a new set of guidelines, which include ideas about how to deal with e-bullying.

  Click here to get help to deal with bullying

Fact File
NCH say
Always tell someone you trust what's happening
Be careful who you give you mobile number or e-mail address out to
If you're being e-bullied your mobile or internet service provider can help you by changing your number or address
If you get frightening messages, make a note of the times and dates and report them to the police

Of the 856 people who took part in the survey, 16% said they'd received bullying or threatening text messages, 7% had been bothered in internet chat rooms and 4% by e-mail.

Many of them said they'd told no one about it.

The findings also suggest that nearly half of all children aged between seven and 16 own a mobile phone.

They are said to send three text messages a day on average.

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