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According to a 'Have Your Say' survey commissioned by the UK Safer Internet Centre which questioned around 24,000 schoolchildren:
- More than two in five (41%) of those aged 11 to 19, and over a quarter (27%) of those aged seven to 11 have seen something online in the past 12 months that they found hurtful or unpleasant.
- A third (31%) of seven to 11-year-olds and 23% of 11-19-year-olds said that gossip or mean comments online had stopped them from enjoying using the internet.
- More than half (57%) of primary school children and 63% of those at secondary school say they want the right to feel safe online.
The NSPCC has warned that abuse through mobile phones and the internet is one of the major issues facing young people today.
The charity is calling for all schools to provide age-appropriate lessons in online safety, with pupils themselves sharing advice on how to stay safe.
It also says that parents should have access to information to talk to their children about using the internet as they would drugs or the danger of strangers.
The call comes on Safer Internet Day, which promotes the responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people.
Keeping youngsters safe online is one of the biggest child protection issues of the modern world, campaigners have warned.
According to the NSPCC, young people are now experiencing new forms of abuse "on a scale never before seen".
The charity said that its latest research had found that abuse through mobile phones and the internet is one of the major issues facing young people today.
It suggests children should be given lessons in how to use the internet safely from as young as five or six, amid concerns that rising numbers of youngsters are being exposed to online pornography, cyberbullying and forced into sending indecent images to others.
See also: Parents warned of online abuse