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Online Bullying Still An Issue On Facebook

Friday, 16th August 2013

Bullying continues to be an issue on Facebook, despite the social network’s efforts to quell it, as 89 percent of respondents to a study by McAfee between the ages of 10 and 23 said they have witnessed “mean behavior” on the social network.

The study also found that:

  • 40 percent of that same age group witnessed mean behavior on Twitter.
  • 17 percent of kids aged 10 through 12 have seen mean behavior directed at a classmate or friend online, and that figure doubles to 34 percent for those aged 18 through 23.
  • Only 9 percent of parents believe their children have witnessed cruel behavior online.
  • Only 6 percent of parents think their kids have been targets, while 13 percent of kids who responded to the survey said they had been targeted.
  • 4 percent of youth respondents said they were pressured into bullying someone online.