Teens bullied the most on Instagram and Facebook

James Marshall
July 20, 2017

More than 10,000 young people aged between 12 and 20 participated in the United Kingdom survey, published Wednesday by anti-bullying charity Ditch The Label, which looked at issues including cyberbullying, abuse, online behaviours, online personas, and social media addiction.

The organization surveyed over 10,000 British teens to measure their experiences with cyberbullying.

Conducted by Ditch The Label, the study finds that 42% of young people have been cyberbullied on Instagram, while 37% have been on Facebook, and 31% have been on Snapchat.

These new findings show a distinct migration from Facebook to Instagram.

Move over, Facebook, Instagram is now the worst social networking site for cyber bullying.

And, a 2014 study by Cox Communication found that 39 percent of teens had witnessed online bullying on Facebook, while 22 percent had witnessed bullying on Instagram.

The report states that the most common forms of cyberbullying are through nasty comments being posted on photos and profiles, unwelcome direct and private messages, and having a profile "wrongly reported". In addition to this normalisation, 69 per cent of respondents said they had done something abusive to another person online.

"I didn't answer the call".

"Our theme this year was to explore the impact of technology and digital abuse upon the lives of young people", says Liam Hackett, Founder and CEO of Ditch the Label.

Ditch The Label's report found that one in five young people have been bullied online and half a million young people were bullied in the United Kingdom last week alone.

Hackett added that all too often abusers assume online interactions have no "real life" implications, so say and do things they never would in the outside world - but research suggests 41 percent of people who suffer online attacks go on to develop very palpable social anxiety offline. Users can also create their own "black lists" of words they don't want to appear in their comments section, or disable the section outright.

Based on a much larger sample size (over 120,000), researchers found while 30 percent reported regular bullying, only three percent said it happened both off and online. For worldwide resources, this list is a good place to start.

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