Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Poll: Teens See Increasing Online Abuse

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 9:27 AM

A new poll out this morning confirms what too many people already know: The web can be a nasty place.

A survey by the Associated Press-MTV of youth in their teens and early 20s found that 56 percent of respondents had been the target of online taunting, harassment or bullying. A full three-fourths said they considered digital abuse a serious problem. Young people who frequently saw people being mean on social networking sites jumped to 55 percent, from 45 percent in 2009.

According to the poll, 15 percent of young people had shared a nude photo of themselves online, and almost a fourth of the teens asked said they'd been exposed to sexting in some way, while 37 percent of young adults had some experience with sexting images.

The AP-MTV poll was conducted Aug. 18-31 and involved online interviews with people aged 14-24.

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