Stop Cyberbullying Day Poll Reveals 55% of Children Suffer Online Bullying

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Author: SCD Team
June 19, 2015

The Cybersmile Foundation have released today their annual Stop Cyberbullying Day poll with leading teen magazine Sugarscape, asking 2800 children and teens how online abuse affects them.

Of those polled, 55% had been cyberbullied while 35% admitted to having suffered up to 5 separate incidents of online abuse. Twitter was voted the most popular social media site while Facebook was considered the least relevant platform by 45% of respondents. Facebook was also deemed the site people felt most at risk of bullying by 37% of those polled. 42% felt that there should be alternative punishments for cyberbullying such as community service while only 2% considered cyberbullying as not serious enough to get police involved.

“The 2015 Stop Cyberbullying Day poll is key to identifying the latest trends and behaviours of our increasingly digital teenagers. The results suggest we all have a long way to go in tackling the devastating problems of cyberbullying and digital abuse, and with the data indicating 55% of teenagers have suffered from cyberbullying i think it’s crucial we do it quickly.”

Scott Freeman, CEO, The Cybersmile Foundation

Today marks the 3rd annual Stop Cyberbullying Day event which was launched by The Cybersmile Foundation to raise awareness of digital abuse, and to seek positive solutions to resolve the growing problem. Supporters can join the debate on social media with the hashtag #SCD2015.

The Stop Cyberbullying Day 2015 poll results

(Independently polled through Hearst Publishing teen magazine Sugarscape)

How many times have you been a victim of online abuse?

Which of these would be most likely to make you act more positively to others online?

Which is your favourite social media site?

Which statement do you agree with the most?

Where should teens be learning about online safety?

On which of the following sites do you feel most at risk of bullying?

Which of the following do you think is least relevant to online teens right now?