The following excerpts come from StatCan Daily and the subsequent study, both linked below.
Nearly one in five Internet users aged 15 to 29 reported having been cyberbullied or cyberstalked. Some population groups were more at risk than others to experience these forms of online victimization.
According to data from the 2014 General Social Survey on Canadians’ Safety (Victimization), 17% of Internet users in this age group said they had been victims of cyberstalking or cyberbullying in the previous five years. Nearly 100% of youth aged 15 to 29 were Internet users during that period.
The results come from a new study entitled “Cyberbullying and cyberstalking among Internet users aged 15 to 29 in Canada“, the first Statistics Canada study of its type to examine the factors associated with cyberbullying and cyberstalking among youth, and their relationship with various indicators of trust, personal behaviour and mental health.
Cyberbullying was measured by asking respondents whether, in the past five years, they received threatening or aggressive emails or instant messages; were targeted by threatening or aggressive comments spread via the Internet; felt embarrassed or threatened by pictures posted online; or had someone using their identity to send out or post embarrassing or threatening information.
Cyberstalking was measured by asking respondents whether, in the past five years, they had been the subject of repeated and unwanted attention that caused them to fear for their safety or the safety of someone they know as a result of unwanted messages or pictures shared electronically.
Of young Internet users aged 15 to 29 who experienced at least one of these forms of online victimization, 36% were cyberbullied but not cyberstalked, 33% were cyberstalked but not cyberbullied, and 31% experienced both.
Overview of the Study
- In 2014, about 17% of the population aged 15 to 29 (representing about 1.1 million people) that accessed the Internet at some point between 2009 and 2014 reported they had experienced cyberbullying or cyberstalking.
- Of those who experienced cyberbullying or cyberstalking, 36% reported that they had experienced cyberbullying but not cyberstalking, 33% reported that they experienced cyberstalking but not cyberbullying, and 31% reported experiencing both.
- Sociodemographic factors associated with cyberbullying and cyberstalking are not necessarily the same. Cyberbullying was more prevalent in younger age groups and within the homosexual/bisexual population, while cyberstalking was more prevalent among the single, never married population and among women.
- Young Canadians with a past experience of victimization were significantly more likely to experience cyberbullying and cyberstalking. For instance, 31% of those who were physically or sexually assaulted before the age of 15 experienced either cyberstalking or cyberbullying, compared with 13% of those who did not report an experience of assault.
- Cyberbullying is associated with the presence of an emotional, psychological or mental health condition, mistrust of people and marijuana use, while cyberstalking is associated with taking measures to protect oneself from crime.
- Read the full release in the Stats Can Daily here.
- Read the full study Cyberbullying and cyberstalking among Internet users aged 15 to 29 in Canada here.