Young Brits Get Affected By Online Bullying

online bullyingThe whole British society gets shocked every now and then by the stories of teens committing suicide after being bullied online, but there are people who want to do something against it.

It becomes a nagging issue these days, with more and more people permanently connected to the Web. Most incidents of that type take place on various social networking websites. According to the data issued by a charity group called Ditch the Label, 7 out of 10 young social network users have had contact with some form of online abuse. To add fuel to fire, almost 40% of those surveyed claim that it takes place on a daily basis.

Real-Life Impact Of Online Actions

It's commonly agreed that online abuse almost always has some huge impact on the minds of young people. One of the conclusions presented in a 2009 study carried out by MTV is that teens who have gone through bullying are much more likely to get involved in risky behaviors. Plus to that, victims of digital abuse are at a greater risk of getting expelled from school. (source: http://www.athinline.org/MTV-AP_Digital_Abuse_Study_Executive_Summary.pdf)


Social Networks At Risk

It's no news that bullying has always been a part of a teen experience. However, with the dawn and popularization of digital devices, it's become even more commonplace. As the study by Ditch the Label indicates, it's mainly social networks that serve as the largest source of bullying. To put it another way, a decade ago the victims of bullying have suffered badmouthing or beating up in some specific places only. At the moment, though, teens weaned onto their digital gadgets, may suffer harassment almost permanently. Sticking to hard numbers only, it seems that the bullying statistics go well with every network's popularity rates. It shouldn't come as a surprise that users of sites like Facebook or Twitter are the most likely ones to get bullied online. The risk is bigger when they are between 14 to 16 years old, no matter what their gender is (the stats presented by Ditch the Label show that both boys and girls are susceptible to bullying at almost the same rate.)

Charities Take Measures

There are volunteers who work to fight the results of digital abuse. Ditch the Label, previously mentioned Brighton-based charity, was created on the wake of the recent tragic stories about online abuse victims taking their own lives. As the organization's CEO, Liam Hackett, admits, they will be working hard to persuade the legislators to change the laws concerning cyberbullying. Other than that, they call for “more transparency on digital abuse” among social network owners.

 

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/24364361