Technology plays an essential role in friendships today…
ResearchBods recently conducted a study of more than a thousand 11 – 16 year olds in support of Safer Internet Day 2015.
Not surprisingly, the study found young people are using a diverse range of digital platforms to communicate with their friends.
The study highlighted how technology affected friendships between young people:
For the majority of young people, the internet is a positive place.
However, there is a significant minority of young people who face difficulties.
Experiences of 11-16s in the last year:
Someone was mean to me – 30%
I was deliberately left out of a conversation or group – 23%
Someone posted something to embarrass me – 21%
Someone I don’t know said something mean to me – 19%
Someone posted something about me that wasn’t true – 19%
Lots of people saw something mean that had been posted about me – 12%
Many young people are taking positive steps to tackle these negative experiences, 75% of young people who experienced mean behaviour saying they have blocked someone in the last year. While 68% said they have supported someone else who was being targeted online. More positively, 64% of young people said they felt able to cope with anything negative that might happen online and 81% said they know what to do if someone is abusive towards them online.
Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, said:
“It’s heartening to hear that the majority of young people are finding the internet a positive place on the whole, but there’s more to be done to make sure that’s the experience for everyone. We’re encouraging everyone to take action today – whether that’s sharing a smiley face or making a promise about your online behaviour. It really is up to us to make the internet a better place.”
For more information on the activities taking place to celebrate Safer Internet Day, visit the UK Safer Internet Centre website.