Teens: Computer Usage and Cyberbullying

Teens: Computer Usage and Cyberbullying

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What do teens do online?

According to a Pew Research report, they're not just using content, but creating it. At least 64 percent of teenagers ages 12 to 17 do at least one type of content creation, a 57 percent increase from teens in 2004.

Among teens who are on the Internet, activities include:

  • Blogging: 35 percent of teen girls, 20 percent of teen boys
  • Posting photos on-line: 54 percent of girls, 40 percent of boys
  • Posting videos on-line: 19 percent of boys, 10 percent of girls |

(www.pewinternet.org)

Is Cyberbullying a Problem?

Though cyberbullying in the teen world has been a hot news item in recent years, do most teens face very much bullying on-line?

A May 2009 report by Pew Research found:

  • 32 percent of teens have experienced on-line harassment.
  • 15 percent have reported having private material forwarded without permission, via instant message, text message, or E-mail.
  • 13 percent have received threatening messages.
  • 13 percent have had someone spread a rumor about them on-line.
  • 6 percent have had someone post an embarrassing photo of them without permission.
  • Mid-teens (ages 14-17) are the age of greatest prevalence of on-line harassment, or bullying.
  • Perpetrators of on-line bullying are generally the same age as their victims.

Frequency of victimization among 11-16 year olds:

  • 27 percent of 11-16 year olds experience victimization less than once a month, 5 percent once or twice a month, 3 percent once or twice a week, and 3 percent experience it every day.
  • Older girls report more on-line harassment.
  • 38 percent of all girls on-line report experiencing harassment.
  • Social network users are more likely to report online harassment.
  • Most teens (67 percent) think bullying and harassment happens more offline.
  • School is the most common place youth report being bullied (31 percent).
  • 13 percent report being bullied on-line.
  • 59 percent of internet harassment comes from other minors.
  • Bullied teens have higher levels of depression or other psychological problems, substance abuse, delinquency, weapon-carrying, poor parent relationships, offline victimization or abuse.

(www.pewinternet.ort/Presentations)

Top Concerns

What are the top issues and concerns facing teenagers around the world?

In the U. S., the Gallup organization asked teens ages 13 through 17, 'What do you think is the most important problem facing people your age?'

The answers:

Drugs/Smoking/Alcohol - 20 %
Peer pressure/Fitting in/Looks/Popularity - 17 %
Education - 13 %
Career/Employment/Economy/Money/Future - 10 %
Sexual issues (teen pregnancy, abortion, disease) - 5 %
Morals/Attitude - 5 %
(Gallup Youth Survey, January-March 2004)

In places such as Hungary and Delphi, and from Australian to Asia, youth note the problem of body image issues. The African Press International notes the problem of teenage pregnancies, resulting in overflowing orphanages and newborn babies being left in such places as garbage cans or toilets (africanpress.wordpress.com). In the United Kingdom, teens indicate the same problems, and also point out the problems of 'self-harming,' teens who cut or otherwise inflict pain upon their own bodies (www.teenissues.co.uk).