SWGfL publishes report into what causes young people upset online
- SWGfL, part of the UK Safer Internet Centre
South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), a partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC), has recently published a report that explores what causes young people upset online. The report is the second in a series titled "Young people, internet use and wellbeing in the UK". Compiled by Professor Andy Phippen from Plymouth University, the series explores the role of technology on young people's wellbeing. Each report in the series will have a specific area of focus, such as gender, age differences, and what harmful content means to young people. It assesses data provided by more than 8,200 young people from the ages of 9 - 18 across over 100 schools in the UK.
The key findings centre on what "upset" means for children and young people going online, and challenges common strategies to protect them from this upset. What causes upset is broad and variable, depending upon both gender and age of respondents.
The report also contains testimonials and quotes from young people about the things that they have seen online which have caused them upset.
- Abusive comments from peers and others they interact with online
- Stories in the news and media that can be upsetting (for example, terrorist incidents, child suffering, and natural disasters)
- Animal abuse – videos that show animal cruelty, images of harm to animals, upsetting stories related to animals, etc.
- Upsetting content, such as shocking videos produced by YouTubers, content showing people being hurt, acts of self-harm, etc.
- UK Safer Internet Centre
The UK marked Safer Internet Day 2018 by mobilising people across the country to "Create, connect and share respect" and explore how a better internet starts with each and every one of us. The message at the heart of this year's UK campaign was about promoting healthy relationships online by developing children's digital empathy and inspiring kindness and respect.