Survey: Almost half of children are victims of cyberbullying

​​Two in five children say they have been offended or received hurtful messages on the Internet, up by about 3 percentage points from last year. However, only 17% of children admit to having sent such messages with offensive content to others.

The share of girls who say that they have been offended on the Internet is 12 percentage points higher than boys who have had such an experience, and children from rural areas say to a higher extent that they have been offended on the Internet, compared to those from the urban environment, shows the data of a survey carried out by Save the Children Romania in January. The organization points out that online harassment, cyberbullying, has long-term socio-emotional consequences and adds to cases of physical violence in schools.

The online survey conducted among children who have access to the Internet, between the ages of 8 and 17, reveals that 77% of children say that they spend at least 3 hours daily on the Internet.

Other results:

  • Girls say to a significantly higher extent that they spend more than 6 hours online compared to boys, as do teenagers compared to younger children.
  • 40% of children say they have been offended or harassed online, up by about 3 percentage points compared to last year.
  • Teenagers/high school students and girls say this to a significantly higher extent.
  • The share of girls who state that they have been offended on the Internet is 12% higher than boys who have had such an experience.
  • 20% of children who have been bullied online say it happens at least once a week.
  • People known online, along with friends, are the main perpetrators indicated by children when they talk about insults on the Internet.
  • 17% of children say they have posted or sent offensive messages.
  • Teenagers and boys say this to a significantly higher extent.

The studies carried out by the Save the Children Organization over time show that the phenomenon of cyberbullying continues to represent the main threat to children in the virtual environment. Only 3 in 10 cyberbullying victims had the confidence to talk to someone about the incident, usually a friend.

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