New Stop Cyberbullying Day Research Report Highlights Impact of Online Abuse on Mental Health

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The Cybersmile Foundation has released “Beyond Likes 2024,” a comprehensive national report examining the effects of cyberbullying on the mental health of social media users…
Stop Cyberbullying Day 2024 research
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The Cybersmile Foundation has released “Beyond Likes 2024,” a comprehensive national report examining the effects of cyberbullying on the mental health of social media users in the United States.

The “Beyond Likes 2024” report surveyed 1,009 adults aged 16 and older across the US to understand their experiences with cyberbullying, both as targets and bystanders, and its impact on their mental health and self-image. This study sheds light on how cyberbullying influences individuals’ perceptions of themselves and their willingness to express themselves online.

The report reveals alarming statistics about the prevalence and impact of cyberbullying. Almost a third of social media users in the US have experienced online abuse, and a significant 10% have contemplated self-harm or suicide due to their negative experiences. Additionally, 88% of respondents consider cyberbullying a serious issue, highlighting the urgent need for effective interventions.

Cyberbullying has affected millions of people worldwide, causing significant mental health issues and altering online behavior. The study found that 60% of those who experienced cyberbullying reported negative impacts on their mental health. Furthermore, 32% of respondents admitted that the fear of cyberbullying has deterred them from sharing selfies, expressing themselves, or trying new things online.

The research underscores the widespread nature of cyberbullying and its profound effects on mental health. With 60% of respondents knowing someone who has been cyberbullied, the ripple effect of this online abuse is extensive and concerning.

As part of an ongoing effort to understand and mitigate the impact of social media on user wellbeing, the Cybersmile Foundation’s long-term inquiry is supported by an international advisory panel. This panel comprises experts in research, internet safety, mental health, wellbeing, equity, gaming, sports, parenting, and youth development.

The “Beyond Likes 2024” report aims to utilize its findings to enhance the advice, education, and support services provided to those affected by cyberbullying. The study’s insights are crucial for developing strategies to make social media a safer and more supportive environment for all users.

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