Anti-bullying organization, Ditch the Label has released its annual report on how people aged 13-25 are currently using and abusing smartphone technology. The results are comprised from a sample of 1000+ young people from the United Kingdom and uncovers new facts and figures around the rates of them engaging in sexting and inappropriate sharing.
The report revealed some interesting statistics:
- 37% of 13 – 25 year olds have sent a naked photo of themselves via a smartphone app.
- 30% of 15 year olds have sent a naked photo of themselves at least once.
- 15% of 13 & 14 year olds have sent a naked photo of themselves at least once.
- 5% of 13 year olds send naked photos several times a week.
- 24% have sent a naked photo to someone they know only online.
- 24% have had a naked photo shared without their consent.
- 49% believe is just harmless fun.
- 16% said it’s the normal thing to do.
- 13% felt pressurised into doing it.
- Females are twice as likely to send a naked photo of themselves more than once a week than men.
Abuse on Smartphone Apps:
- 62% have been sent nasty private messages via smartphone apps
- 52% have never reported the abuse they have received.
- 47% have received nasty profile comments
- 40% have received nasty photo comments.
- 42% have received hate-based comments (racism, homophobia etc.)
- 28% have had personal information shared without consent.
- 26% felt like it wasn’t taken seriously when reported
- 49% experienced a loss in confidence as a result of the bullying
- 28% retaliated and sent something abusive back
- 24% turned to self harming as a coping mechanism
- 22% tried to change their appearance to avoid further abuse
- 13% stopped using the app as a result of abuse.
Although the sample size is small, the results are still relevant. The data provided can be used as talking points to begin conversations regarding online safety with your children.
Below you will find the full report.