Microsoft Study Examines & Addresses Online Bullying


A new Global Youth Online Behavior Survey found that over half (54 percent) of children around the world fear online bullying. The Microsoft commissioned study included over 7,600 children, ages eight to 17, across 25 countries. The survey examines a range of online youth behaviors — from “meanness” (least severe) to online bullying or cruelty (most severe).

Key survey findings included:

  • Four in 10 children surveyed (ages 8 to 17) say they have experienced what adults might consider online bullying.
  • Twenty-four percent of children surveyed say they have done something parents would consider online bullying.
  • Five percent of parents engage with their children’s school about online bullying, according to the children surveyed.

The survey also found that children are not sure how to respond to bullying. Results showed that children want to talk to parents about harassment, while only 29 percent of kids say they have discussed bullying with parents. Youth indicated that only 17 percent have communicated a clear set of rules for negative online behaviors.

Jacqueline Beauchere, Director of Trustworthy Computing for Microsoft stated: “Kids need to know that they can turn to a trusted adult, such as a parent, caregiver or teacher, who will talk to them about all kinds of online safety concerns. At Microsoft, we help empower adults with the productive tools and resources to help start the conversation with kids about how to stay safer online.”

In addition to the survey results, Microsoft is also releasing two additional resources:

  • Stand Up To Online Bullying Quiz – An interactive online quiz designed to walk adults through a series of scenarios in which, the quiz delivers immediate guidance on how to discuss, identify and respond to the range of online behaviors from online meanness to bullying.
  • Digital Citizenship in Action Toolkit – An interactive educational guide that teaches users how to use technology responsibly.

Microsoft PR firm Waggener Edstrom is pushing this survey out to the media – view the full Global Youth Online Behavior

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