Harassment on social mediaWhen expressing their fears of the internet in 2021, children were more scared to be harassed than have their personal data stolen. With a possible link towards harassement, more than half of these children had already argued with someone online, whereas 46 percent of them had been subject to insults in 2021.
Harassment on social media can be expressed in several forms: the creation of fake profiles and, the most common, sending insults. These attacks are often discriminatory in nature, amounting to homophobia, Islamophobia, racism or sexism. In 2019, more than 40 percent of people under 50 had already suffered repeated personal attacks on online social platforms, as did 22 percent of young people aged 18 to 24. Children were mostly attacked by strangers online. Surprisingly, 42 percent of girls aged 11 to 14 were the targets of their classmates in 2021.