Trolled nation

29 Aug 2013

This study shows UK teens suffering in silence, as only a third of those suffering online abuse are currently reporting it to social networks

• 85% of nineteen year old males say they have experienced online bullying or trolling, the highest proportion of all British teens

• Only just over a third (37%) who experienced online bullying or trolling have ever reported it to the social network

• Fewer than one in five (17%) teens first reaction would be to tell a parent they’ve been affected

• Only 1% of teenagers say telling a teacher would be their first response to online bullying or trolling Males aged 19 are the group most likely to be affected by trolling or online bullying among teenagers.

That’s the key finding of our new national survey of teens, Trolled Nation, which showed that whilst 2 in 3 teens have experienced trolling or online bullying, hardly any would turn to parents (17%) or teachers (1%) for support as their first reaction.

About the research

Opinium Research carried out an online survey of 2,001 respondents aged 13-19 from 25 January to 1 February 2013. Respondents aged below 16 were surveyed with the consent of their parents.

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