3 in 10 S. Korean teens victimized by cyber bullying: study

SEOUL, July 17 (Yonhap) -- Nearly three out of 10 South Korean teenagers have been bullied in cyberspace, but few have sought help, a study showed Thursday.

According to the study by the National Youth Policy Institute, 27.7 percent of middle and high school students surveyed said they had been "cyber bullied."

Types of bullying ranged from leaking of private information, which was most common at 12.1 percent, to bullying while playing online games, which followed with 10.2 percent.

Nearly one in five students admitted to having bullied others, the study found.

Bullying in online games was the most common among teenage boys, while teenage girls were more likely to be bullied on social networking services.

The study also found that victims of cyber bullying were less likely to be attached to or trust their parents than their peers who haven't been bullied.

More than half of the respondents said they "simply looked on" after having witnessed cyber bullying. Only 2 percent and 3 percent of the respondents, respectively, said they reported the case to the police or their teachers.

The survey was conducted on 4,000 middle and high school students nationwide between May 12 and June 10. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.55 percentage points.

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