Third of teen girls sexually harassed online

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Nearly one-third of teenage girls have been sexually harassed online, with children of their same age, according to a study by the charity Childnet suggests.

Some 31% of girls between the ages of 13 and 17 have been the subject of unwanted sexual attention, compared to 11% of the boys.

One in 10 of the 1,559 adolescents interviewed said they received threats of sexual violence, including rape.

The government is preparing a new guidance on how schools deal with sexual harassment.

Other results of the report are:

26% of teens have been the victim of online rumors about sexual behavior
12% of teenagers have stated that they have pressure from partners to share naked images
33% of girls and 14% of boys report sexual comments posted on the images you share online
23% know of someone secretly take pictures of a sexual nature of another person and to share them online
Half the report to see the revenge porn – sexual images to be taken and shared without consent – that are circulating online
Almost a third (31%) have seen that the people of their own age, creating fake profiles in order to share sexual images, comments or messages
The 47% has seen “doxing” where young people share the personal data of someone who is seen as “easy”

The report found that sexual harassment has occurred through a series of platforms, messaging apps like WhatsApp to social media sites such as Snapchat.’It is not inevitable

Will Gardner, chief executive of Childnet, said: “Digital technology has a central role in the lives of young people, but has opened the door to a wide range of new forms of sexual harassment, making social discussions about these issues more relevant than ever.

“It is obviously something that as a society we can not ignore. The report stresses that it is essential that we all work together to ensure that online sexual harassment is not an inevitable part of the growth process.”

The charity is working to develop educational resources to equip schools to prevent and respond to online sexual harassment among pupils.

Snapchat has made it easier for users to block and report unwanted messages by pressing and holding on the account name and touching relationship.

It claims to respond to reports within 24 hours from notification and has a security center with the guide.

Facebook – which owns WhatsApp – had previously stated that it takes the issue seriously and is currently funding the training for a young person, in every UK secondary school to support children who experience cyberbullying.