Experiences of 11-16 year olds on social networking sites A survey of young people's online experiences and coping strategies
Researchers conducted an online self-completion survey in December 2012 of 1,024 11-16 year olds in the UK. They found that 28% of children aged 11-16 with a profile on a social networking site had experienced something upsetting on it in the last year.
This report describes those experiences and the strategies young people used to deal with the things that upset them online, including cyber bullying and stalking.
Authors: Claire Lilley, Ruth Ball and Heather Vernon
- Over one in four (28%) of children aged 11-16 with a profile on a social networking site have experienced something upsetting on it in the last year.
- Of the children and young people who were upset, 11% were dealing with upsetting experiences on a daily basis.
- The most reported issue experienced on social networking sites was trolling, experienced by 37% of children who had been upset.
- Other issues experienced by children who had been upset included: pressure to look or act a certain way (14%), cyber stalking (12%), aggressive and violent language (18%), encouragement to hurt themselves (3%), receiving unwanted sexual messages (12%), and requests to send or respond to a sexual message (8%).
- Over half of 11-16 year olds (58%) believed at least one of the people responsible for the behaviour which had upset or bothered them was either a complete stranger, someone they only knew online, or they did not know who it was at all.
- Only 22% of the children who were upset talked with someone else face to face about the experience.
|Why children are particularly vulnerable||6|
|11-16 year olds’ use of social networking sites||9|
|The experiences of 11-16 year olds||12|
|The experiences of boys and girls||21|
|Appendix 1: Methodology and ethics||29|
|Appendix 2: Profile of 11-16 year olds in our sample||30|
Please cite as: Lilley, C., Ball, R. and Vernon, H. (2014) The experiences of 11-16 year olds on social networking sites. [London]: NSPCC.
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