It’s clear that teenagers’ cruelty to each other online is resulting in some tragic outcomes. A security software company has set out to discover how teens are using social networking sites, and how cruel their online world is.
20% of teenagers interviewed said people are mostly unkind on social networking sites. Girls are the bigger culprits, with 26% accused of largely unkind behaviour, compared with 14% of teenage boys.
The same study found that 60% of teenagers say their parents have the most influence on their online behaviour. So it pays to pay attention and stay involved to help stem online cruelty, despite what flack your teen may send your way. A new website by the Australian Government is aiming to help parents better understand social networking sites.
The study was undertaken by US security software company ZoneAlarm. They’ve put together a great infographic on all the results, including how teens use social networking.