According to British anti-bullying organization Ditch The Label’s new annual survey, Instagram is the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017, with Facebook close behind. This year’s survey collected results from 10,020 people between the ages of 12 and 20, making for a respectably robust data set that sheds some light onto the damaging phenomenon endemic to internet communities.
For the portion of respondents who have experienced cyberbullying, 42 percent report being bullied on Instagram, 37 percent report being bullied on Facebook and 31 percent have been bullied on Snapchat. While 92 percent of young people reported using YouTube, making it the most popular platform in the survey, only 10 percent experienced bullying there.
Some more interesting details from the young people surveyed:
- 50 percent report having been bullied
- 1 in 10 report being bullied within the last week
- 50 percent of those who had been bullied report being bullied about their appearance
- 24 percent of those bullied said they had their private information shared online
- 27 percent had photos and videos shared against their will
- 18 percent had their profile wrongfully reported
The full study also goes more in-depth into the psyche of young people who engage in bullying behaviors, with 12 percent of respondents reporting that they had bullied someone by their own definition.
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