Microsoft just released the results of a global youth online behavior survey to examine a range of online behaviors among youth - from "meanness" (least severe) to online bullying or cruelty (most severe), and everything in between.
Conducted in 25 countries between January 11, 2012-Feb. 19, 2012, among more than 7,600 children ages eight to 17, the survey focuses on how kids are treating one another online and whether parents are addressing online behaviors.
The study found that kids are worried about online bullying and want to talk about it. However, according to the study, only 29 percent of kids say their parents have talked to them about the issue.
Globally, the survey found the following:
- 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.
Kids need to know that adults can and will help them. To assist parents and educators with these conversations, Microsoft has created some new resources:
- Stand Up to Online Bullying Quiz is designed to walk adults through a series of scenarios where, upon answering, delivers immediate guidance about how to talk about, identify, and respond to online behaviors from online meanness to bullying and beyond.
- Digital Citizenship in Action Toolkit is an interactive educational guide that helps teach you and others how to foster responsible use of technology in today's digital world. Teaching digital citizenship in our schools helps young people learn to be responsible, respectful, and informed online citizens.