Canadian study: Cyberbullying seen as ‘cool’

A recent survey found that 40% of Canadian 9-to-17-year-olds say they've been cyberbullied (43% female, 38% male), nearly 60% said there were no consequences, and "some 60% of the respondents agree people bully because it’s 'cool'," reports the Vancouver Sun, citing the survey from Microsoft Canada and market research firm Youthography. The London (Ont.) Free Press reports that Canadian "parents are more involved than ever with their children's online activities," with 84% of respondents saying they've talked with their parents about Internet dangers. Here's the study's press release. In other findings:

  • 9-to-12-year-old Canadians are online just under two hours a day, on average, compared to three hours a day for teens 13-to-17-year-olds
  • Girls primarily go online to socialize, with "68% saying that is what they value the Internet for" and the same percentage of boys saying they value the ability to play games.
  • "Teens are more likely than tweens to use the Internet to escape problems, deal with stress and avoid family problems.
  • 30% have lied about their age on a social networking site, and 15% have pretended to be someone they are not.
  • 15% have had their passwords stolen.
  • 76% are very careful about the personal information they divulge online.


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