Social media “failing” young people

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Social networks failures of the fight against cyber-bullying is risking the mental health of Children, young people, a survey Company.

Nearly half of 1,089 of 11-to 25-year-olds surveyed for the Safety Net report has experienced threat or nasty social media messages, emails, or texts.

Two-thirds said they would not tell their parents if they have experienced something upsetting online.

However, 83% want social media firms to do more to tackle the problem.

According to the Safety Net report, the majority of respondents felt that there was a lack of consequences for those who engage in online bullying, in contrast with the offline world.

“Social media, companies need to take complaints seriously. If someone reports something, they should not take days to review it, they should literally just remove it immediately,” said a 15-year-old girl, who responded to the online survey.

“The reaction of the adults is just to delete your account to stop the bullying, but it is to take something away from this young man, of his life for something that is not their fault.”

The investigation of the appellant on the social media, companies and the government to take action to combat cyber-harassment.

The inquiry recommends that the social media companies:
Respond to reports of bullying within 24 hours
Give the young users of clearer guidelines on how they should behave online
Take tougher action on those who break the rules

It also advises the government to:
Launch online safety lessons in schools
Need of social networks and to report cyber-bullying data
How cyber-bullying works

The survey was created by the Conservative MP, Alex Chalk, in collaboration with two children’s charities The Children’s Society and YoungMinds.

The investigation revealed that cyber-bullying takes many forms, including:
persistent messaging
the sharing of embarrassing photos or information online
mass “unfriending” the accounts of the target of bullying

The 15-year-old woman responding to the survey said that young people today “expect” to experience cyber-bullying.

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“Nasty comments about the selfie, Facebook messages and Twitter posts, people screengrabbing your Snapchat story to laugh… I have the impression that this is something that people don’t take it seriously,” she said.

“But just leave a nasty comment can really hurt someone.”

The survey also showed that social media is very addictive, with one in 10 young people surveyed admitting that they log on to social networks after midnight every night.

One respondent compared the social networks to be “almost like a drug”, and the young people gave evidence to the inquiry that they have felt judged and inadequate if they do not have enough “likes” on posts or enough followers on their accounts.

The biggest users of social media among the respondents were especially likely to have low well-being and symptoms of anxiety and depression.

And those who had been victims of online bullying, says the survey that they would frequently check their account for the newsfeeds to see what had been shared or said about them on the platforms.

“Cyber-bullying can devastate the lives of the young, but to this day, the response of social media companies has been symbolic and insufficient. It does not handle the true scale of the problem,” said Mr. Chalk.

“For too long, they have been marking their own homework and it is time that they become much more transparent, robust and accountable.”