One in four teenagers were subjected to abuse online in the last year, a major report has revealed.
By Lucy Sherriff
A survey of 13- to 18-year-olds found 24% reported they 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%) youngsters have seen or heard “online hate” in the previous 12 months, with 41% suggesting it had become more rife.
Researchers defined online hate as behaviour targeting people or communities via the Internet because of their gender, transgender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, nationality or religion.
It could be offensive, mean or threatening, and either targeted direct