A quarter of UK teenagers suffered online abuse last year

To mark this year’s Safer Internet Day (9th February), the UK Safer Internet Centre released results of a survey of over 1,500 teenagers. Though sad to read, the statistics generated were unsurprising. Key findings included:

  • One in four teenagers suffered hate incidents online last year.
  • One in 25 said they were singled out for abuse all or most of the time.
  • Four in five adolescents had seen or heard online hate during the previous 12 months.
  • Teenagers with disabilities and those from African, Caribbean, Asian, Middle Eastern and other minority ethnic groups are more at risk.

Of course, these are national figures covering a wide range of communities and educational establishments. Do you have an accurate picture of the situation in your own school? Use our diagnostic tools to learn the true picture of the digital lifestyles experienced by your students – the first step in improving the situation is to find out the scale and types of problems faced.

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