JOHANNESBURG - One in three young people have been cyberbullied, according to a study conducted by Unicef.
More than 170,000 young people between the ages of 13 and 24 from 30 countries participated anonymously in the study which also found that some young people had skipped classes due internet bullying.
Social networks including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter were listed as the most common place on which cyberbullying occurs.
Unicef is calling for the implementation of policies to protect those affected.
"Social media and social media networks need to do more to look at ethical guidelines and ethical standards on how they take information from young people and store it.
They also need to do a lot more around the training of teachers and supporting charity lines and child lines", said Unicef communications chief James Elder.