Parents Underestimate Risk of Cyber-bullying for Teens

imageNearly 80 per cent of Australian children under 10 years of age use social networks. Among older teenagers – those 16 and 17 – parents underestimate bullying and risky online behaviour. But the most likely candidate for cyber-bullying is a 14 year old girl who checks her Facebook account daily.  This was reported in The Age by journalist Lucy Battersby.

Other findings included:

Only 13 per cent of older teenagers said that they or someone they knew had sexted a video or photo, though 18 per cent said they or someone they knew had received one.

Mobile phone ownership was nearly universal among older teenagers, but less than 11 per cent of children under nine had one.

Girls aged 12 to 17 who used Facebook daily were most likely to be cyber-bullied. Within that cohort, 38 per cent had ended a friendship over their bad experience, 32 per cent had a face-to-face confrontation and 41 per cent had felt “nervous about going to school the next day”.

More than half of the teenagers who had an upsetting experience online also said it had made them feel closer to somebody. Nearly three-quarters said using the web made them feel good about themselves.

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Parents underestimate risk of cyber-bullying for teen

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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3 Responses to Parents Underestimate Risk of Cyber-bullying for Teens

  1. carol says:

    Thanks for the information! It is scarey to think this could happen to your own.

  2. Kate says:

    Thanks for your blog Renate – I really value your knowledge sharing as my children start to engage online. Have you seen this video? I found it was a really good conversation starter with my 10 year old…

    • Renata Rowe says:

      Hi Kate, thank you for your comment. I will definitely have a look at the video, thanks for referring it to me,

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