Around 2,000 children in the UK have been investigated for social media abuse since 2011.
A Freedom of Information act request by Sky News has revealed that 1,200 children as young as nine, have been charged with an offence, given a caution or fined regarding cyber bullying.
Speaking about what causes a child to send abuse online, Rachael Caples, Dorset’s Safe Schools and Community Officer said: “I think sometimes it’s wanting to fit in with the crowd, but obviously people don’t understand the impact of what they’re doing very much”.
Regarding ways of dealing with cyber bullying, Rachael continued: “It would be better to try to keep young people out of the criminal justice system and instead educating them”.
It was also revealed that 20,000 adults have been investigated in the last three years, with 11,292 of those subject to police action. However it is believed that the figures may be much higher as 18 police forces failed to provide information following the Freedom of Information request.