Cyberbullying on the rise in Canada

Cyberbullying is on the rise among Canadian youth with more than half of teens saying they have been the victims of online bullying and 16 per cent admitting to bullying others.

It?s part of a disturbing picture painted by a Microsoft Canada and Youthography Internet safety survey released Wednesday that found 60 per cent of youth agree that people bully because it is "cool.?

Some 43 per cent of females have been bullied online while for males the figure is slightly lower at 38 per cent.

The incidents of bullying appear to be on the rise with 40 per cent of Canadian youth aged nine to 17 saying they have been bullied online; up from 2004 when 25 per cent reported being cyberbullied.

And despite most kids saying they are aware of the dangers online, too many of them engage in risky practices that could leave them vulnerable to cyber predators, according to the survey of more than 1,000 Canadian youth.