Habbo Survey Finds Cyberbullying Affects Youngsters Equally, Transgendered Abused More Online

A new survey conducted in the virtual teen hangout Habbo (formerly Habbo Hotel) for anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label concludes that cyberbullying affects more young people than first thought. More than two-thirds of people ages 13- 22 have been bullied online, with both males and females equally affected, according to Ditch the Label. One in five of the 10,008 who responded to the survey said that the abuse they encountered had been "extreme" in nature. Many said that it happened on a daily basis too.

"It's having a massive impact on young people and it's heartbreaking to read," Ditch the Label founder Liam Hackett said.

According to those surveyed, Facebook, Ask.fm and Twitter were found to be the most likely sources of cyberbullying, with 54 percent of those using Facebook reporting cyberbullying on the network.

Hackett also said that young transgendered people were more likely to experience abuse through social networking sites than girls or boys.

You can learn more about Ditch the Label by visiting www.ditchthelabel.org.

Source: BBC

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