NEW YORK – It seems a lot of us are typing these days, but not all of us are doing it for the right reasons.
One out of every four people worldwide use a social network site, but along with keeping us connected, social media can also do more harm than good.
A report by security company ZeroAlarm found even though 78 per cent of teens were happy using sites like Facebook and Twitter, another 41 per cent had also experienced harassment.
At least 74 per cent of cyberbullying victims are female and 56 per cent of the time, the harasser is an ex, the report found.
At least 35 per cent of youth say they were victimized online. But where does it all begin — a note stuffed in a locker or hearing those whispers behind your back? Neither. The most common forms of harassment start on the web:
At least 32 per cent of online harassment starts when people click the ‘send’ button in their inbox.
At least 16 per cent of online creeping and bullying starts on Facebook.
At least 10.5 per cent of harassment starts on specific websites and commenting.
About 7.25 per cent of harassment starts through one’s fingertips.
At least 7 per cent of bullying and stalking starts on message boards.
About 4.25 per cent of online harassment starts on blogs.
About 4 per cent of harassment starts face-to-face.
Around 3 per cent of online harassment starts over a tweet.
At least 2.5 per cent of harassment starts over gaming.
Around 2.5 per cent of online harassment starts over instant messages.
Oh the age of video — at least 1.5 per cent of online harassment starts on YouTube.