'One-third of teenage girls sexually harassed online'

Practically a 3rd of teenage ladies have been sexually harassed on-line by youngsters their very own age, a research from charity Childnet suggests.

Some 31% of women aged 13-17 have been focused with undesirable sexual consideration, in contrast with 11% of boys.

One in 10 of the 1,559 teenagers interviewed reported receiving threats of sexual violence, together with rape.

The federal government is at present making ready new steerage on how faculties take care of sexual harassment.

Different findings of the report are:

  • 26% of youngsters have been a sufferer of on-line rumours about their sexual behaviour
  • 12% of youngsters claimed they’ve been pressured by companions to share bare photographs
  • 33% of women and 14% of boys report sexual feedback posted on photographs they share on-line
  • 23% know of somebody secretly taking sexual photographs of one other particular person and sharing them on-line
  • Half report seeing revenge porn – sexual photographs taken and shared with out consent – circulating on-line
  • Nearly a 3rd (31%) have seen individuals their very own age creating pretend profiles with the intention to share sexual photographs, feedback or messages
  • 47% have witnessed “doxing” the place younger individuals share private particulars of somebody who’s seen as “straightforward”

The report discovered that sexual harassment occurred throughout a variety of platforms, from messaging apps equivalent to WhatsApp to social media websites equivalent to Snapchat.

‘Not inevitable’

Will Gardner, chief govt of Childnet stated: “Digital know-how performs a central position in younger individuals’s lives but it surely has opened the door for a variety of recent types of sexual harassment, making societal discussions about these points extra pertinent than ever.

“It’s evidently one thing that as a society we will now not ignore. This report underlines how important it’s that all of us work collectively to make sure that on-line sexual harassment shouldn’t be an inevitable a part of rising up.”

The charity is working to develop instructional sources to equip faculties to forestall and reply to on-line sexual harassments amongst pupils.

Snapchat has made it simpler for customers to dam and report undesirable messages by holding down on the account title and tapping to report.

It claims to reply to studies inside 24 hours of being reported and it has a safety centre with steerage.

Fb – which owns WhatsApp – has beforehand claimed that it takes the problem critically and is at present funding coaching for one younger particular person in each UK secondary faculty to help youngsters who expertise cyberbullying.

Printed at Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:42:06 +0000