You can probably guess 6S’s stance on cyber-bullying. As leaders in the digital industry, we find it strictly intolerable. In light of recent cyber-bullying tragedies, we’re working hard to raise awareness and education on this issue. Teaming up with Insights West, we created a survey in hopes of gaining more understanding of cyber-bullying. Defining the problem will help better pinpoint possible solutions.
Cyber-bullying is a relatively new social phenomenon. Not surprisingly, it’s directly linked to social media—while social media can be a great tool, people still find potential to abuse it. Our survey discovered 23% of parents believe their teen has been cyber-bullied. It’s not a phenomenon exclusive to teens, either; 8% of adults surveyed state they’ve experienced cyber-bullying themselves. With the advent of roaming technology like smartphones and tablets, online cruelty now has the ability to travel, too.
Other useful information found in the survey includes:
– Internet users in the 18-34 year-old category are substantially more likely to report being cyber-bullied (15%)
– 64% of 18-34 year-olds use Facebook on a daily basis
– Daily Facebook use is disproportionately higher among BC adults with teens living in the household (58%)
– 60% of adults believe teens should take on a primary role in countering cyber-bullying
– 48% of adults surveyed are “very concerned” about the potential damages of cyber-bullying in society
So how can we help? 6S is committed to finding out. We encourage parents to talk to their teens—to discover whether installing parental controls is necessary, or limits on computer usage need to be employed. New coping tactics, whether in the form of school counseling or police involvement, should be developed. These strategies can extend to workplace cyber-bulling issues, as well.
One thing’s for sure: we want to make the Internet a safe, fun space for everyone. Help us by taking your own stance against cyber-bullying.