New Research Shows Cyberbullying Has Risen 56% Just 12 Months

By Cybermum Australia

The results of McAfee’s latest Teens, Tweens and Technology research study released today are enough to make any parent want to wrap their child in cotton wool forever. The study has shown that 81 per cent of Australian tweens and teens have witnessed cyberbullying online over the last 12 months– a whopping 56 per cent increase from last year!

First undertaken in 2013, the annual research project examines the online behaviour and social networking habits of Australian tweens and teens. Over 1000 Australian tweens and teens (aged 8-17) were interviewed for the 2014 study.

The significant increase in tweens and teens who have chatted online with or live tweeted someone they didn’t know was another statistic from the research that got my heart pumping. In 2013, only 19 per cent of young people chatted to someone they didn’t know but in 2014, 48 per cent of young people took this risk.

And the number of underage Facebook users is also on the increase. In 2013, 26 per cent of tweens were using Facebook but in 2014, 60 per cent of 10-12 year olds admit to having a Facebook profile. The legal age to set up a Facebook account is 13.

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