The Ofcom media and attitudes report gives an overview of the positive and negative aspects of the online world experienced by children and young people. The most notable positive aspects mentioned in the report were that going online helps with homework, supports children socially and develops children’s creative skills. The most notable negative aspects mentioned were children experiencing hurtful comments, seeing hateful content, cyberbullying and pressure to be popular on certain platforms. In fact the report found that 27% of 8-15 year olds who use social media have experienced some form of cyberbullying. As well as this, only 28% of parents believed that the benefits of social media outweighed the risks. Understanding current trends and attitudes is important in supporting and protecting children in the online world.
You can read the full report here: