Sunday 20 October 2019

Revealed: Teens name worst social network for cyberbullying

Social media star Kim Kardashian has spoken out against cyberbullying. Picture: PA
Social media star Kim Kardashian has spoken out against cyberbullying. Picture: PA

Gavin White

Irish parents "need to educate themselves now" on social media apps that have led to dangerous concerns around cyberbullying, according to a leading group.

A survey carried out by UK anti-bullying charity, Ditch the Label, found that one-in-three young people said they were afraid they could be bullied online, while 69pc admitted abusing another person online.

The charity's findings cited photo-sharing app Instagram (42pc) as the most commonly used network for cyberbullying.

This was followed by Facebook (37pc) and Snapchat (31pc).

When asked if social networks do enough to prevent cyberbullying, 71pc of respondents said they didn't think so.

John Dwyer, from Stop Cyberbullying Ireland, told the Irish Independent that parents need to "get away from this idea of the technophobe".

"It is so important for parents to learn and educate themselves on how these apps work and what the dangers are," he said.

While Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are highlighted in the survey, Mr Dwyer said it shouldn't take attention away from other apps which "go out of date so quickly".


"Kids love to explore and the problems are by no means confined to just those three apps," he said.

Last night, both Instagram and Facebook issued statements saying they have "zero tolerance of bullying".

A spokesperson for Facebook said the company has spent more than a decade innovating the site to keep people safe and to make it easy for people to report individuals and suspicious or upsetting activity.

Instagram said it is "committed to making sure Instagram is a place where people feel comfortable expressing themselves".

Irish Independent

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