Microsoft : Quarter of UK Teens Suffered Bullying Online

A recent research by Microsoft, which evaluates the effect of growth in social media and the attitudes and habits of teenagers across Europe, has revealed that as much as a quarter of teenagers in UK are victims of cyber bullying.

As per the recent findings released in the wake of Safer Internet day, around 67 percent of teenagers simply love to spend a majority of their time on social networking platforms while using the web, and around 15 percent of them spend huge amount of their time on instant messaging services.

In addition, the MSN research claimed that more than half of the young population in Europe enjoy browsing web, without any sort of parental supervision.

The report further revealed that around 35 percent of teens believe that young individuals simply don’t pay respect to each other’s privacy over the web, and 56 percent asserted that the internet has simplified bullying its users.

Incidentally, in UK alone, as many as 29 percent of teens were bullied over the web, and almost half of the individuals surveyed in Norway faced bullying by some group or individual on the internet, the report added.

On the contrary, 90 percent of the teenagers, along with 87 percent Portuguese and Spanish teens notified that they have never faced such problems while surfing the web.

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Microsoft's study dovetails nicely with the one published by Cybersentinel about the number of hours UK teens spend online. Unsurprisingly, there seems to be a correlation between the time spent online and the probability of being "cyber bullied". It would have been interesting to find out whether the lack of parental supervision (when it comes to the web) is something that happens worldwide

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