Report: Kids Are Facing Cyberbullying with 66% of Parents Unaware

Schoolchildren using computers

March 19, 2020//-According to data gathered by Atlas VPN, 66% of parents are not monitoring their children’s time spent on social media. Research also shows a positive correlation between time spent on social media and the chance of being cyberbullied.

Statistics acquired by Atlas VPN on parental control over media consumption show that only 34% of parents limit time spent on social media. Scientists at BMC Public Health found that using social media for longer than 2 hours per day increases risk of cyberbullying.

“Likes” for children act as pooling data of how much other people like them. This leads kids to reduce their identity to an idealized image of themselves. Constant personal comparison to lives and pictures of peers damages self-esteem and body image.

The Department of Guidance and Psychological Counseling shows that kids spending 8.5 hours on screen per day end up cyberbullied, feeling lonely or angry.

Rachel Welsh, COO of Atlas VPN, expressed her concern on social media damage to children, saying:

“Being a helicopter parent is not a good idea, but leading your child towards a safer internet usage is a must. There are many browser add-ons that can be used to block or limit time on certain websites. Moreover, parents should consider limiting screen time to 2 hours per day.”

The full report also lists types of cyberbullying and covers how social media makes a profit from children.

The report shows that:

  • 66% of parents are not aware their child might be getting bullied online.

  • Children are spending more than 8 hours per day online, which leads to cyberbullying loneliness or anger issues.

  • In 2019, every fourth middle and high school student encountered mean or hateful comments about them online.

  • The “likes” function on social media makes kids lose their true identity.

  • How parents should prevent the above-mentioned issues.

To see the full report, please click here.

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