Norway is to engage its first bullying ombudsman soon to work with teenagers in Buskerud County, reports say.
The idea of a bullying ombudsman came from Christian Democrat (KrF) politician Kristian Hammervik, who was himself bullied at school.
“I was bullied for the first five years of primary school. I usually say that I was bullied for five years - and it took five years before I could have regular contact with people and be able to open up to others,” he told Vårt Land.
64 percent of 10-15-year-olds in Norway say that they themselves or someone they know has experienced cyberbullying via the Internet or mobile phones. 43 percent of those aged 18-67 say they have been bullied.
Buskerud County education director Jan-Helge Atterås said that schools would normally sort out any problems with bullying, but an ombudsman would be useful if this does not work.
“An independent bullying ombudsman should be easy to turn to if some people find that the problem has not been resolved locally.”