Teens hit by on­line abuse

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

A QUAR­TER of all teenagers suf­fered hate abuse on­line in the last year, a ma­jor re­port has re­vealed.

The sur­vey of 13 to 18-year-olds found 24 per cent were tar­geted on the in­ter­net be­cause of their gen­der, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, race, re­li­gion, dis­abil­ity or trans­gen­der iden­tity.

One in 25 said they are sin­gled out for abuse “all or most of the time”.

The alarm­ing find­ings emerged in a study pub­lished to mark Safer In­ter­net Day.

It re­vealed that more than four in five (82 per cent) of young­sters have seen or heard “on­line hate” in the pre­vi­ous 12 months, with 41 per cent sug­gest­ing it had be­come more rife.

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