Research on cyberbullying among children and young people

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) is conducting research into cyberbullying on behalf of OFCOM.

This page provides information about the study, including what we want to find out and what taking part involves.

What is the research about?

The research aims to help develop a better understanding of children and young people’s experiences of cyberbullying, and support Ofcom’s future work in this area. 

We want to:

  • Find out what cyberbullying looks like among children and young people in the UK
  • Understand which platforms and online services children and young people are encountering cyberbullying on.
  • Explore the impacts of cyberbullying on children and young people
  • Learn what works to reduce cyberbullying among children and young people in the UK.

What will taking part involve?

For this research we want to speak to a range of people, including children and young people, as well as practitioners who have supported children and young people experiencing cyberbullying. Depending on which of these groups you belong to, the following links contain information about what research will involve and how we use your data.

Who is conducting the study?

This study is being conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), Britain’s largest independent social research agency. We have been asked to do this research by Ofcom to inform their future work exploring the pathways and impact of online content that is harmful to children. We are carrying out the research in partnership with City, University of London, the Anti-Bullying Alliance and The Diana Award.

How will the findings be used?

We will write a report for Ofcom, based on the views of everyone we speak to during our research. All the research data will be systematically analysed and reported thematically. The information may be published either in report format or in other formats, such as journal articles, policy briefings or blog posts.

When we talk about the research and in our written outputs, we may quote from your interview, but will not use your name or include any details that could identify you in any way.

Contact us

If you would like to take part in this research, or have any further questions, please get in touch using the details below. 

Freephone: 0808 168 2791