If you’re worried that your child may be the victim of cyberbullying, you might want to disable their Instagram account. A new investigation launched by a nonprofit group investigated the matter and found that the picture- and video-sharing platform is the most rife with young people getting bullied.
Ditch the Label surveyed 10,000 British teenagers to determine which of their many social media addictions were responsible for introducing cyberbullying into their lives. Instagram came out on top, with 42 percent of respondents claiming to have been harassed on the platform, followed by Facebook (37 percent), Snapchat (31 percent), Twitter (9 percent), and Tumblr (3 percent).
“Young people have a huge disconnect between the things that happen online and reality, with 44 percent of respondents believing that only things happening offline could be considered as ‘real life,’” explained Liam Hackett, founder and CEO of Ditch the Label.
Facebook has long held the distinction of being the worst social media platform for cyberbullying. In 2014, a Cox Communication study on online safety found that 39 percent of teenagers experienced bullying on Facebook, compared to 22 percent on Instagram and Twitter.
But according to Ditch the Label, the crown now belong to Instagram, where users can leave harsh comments on pictures and videos and make posts intended to shame others. While nobody likes being cyberbullied, 69 percent of respondents confessed to having done something abusive on social media, with men copping to more bad behavior than women.
In addition, 71 percent of respondents accused social networks of not going far enough to protect users from cyberbullying, a stance that is beginning to spread among experts.
“We need to better understand the ways in which online and offline lives coexist today and encourage young people to manage their online interactions safely,” professor Ian Rivers told the nonprofit.