|A recent UK research revealed that over a third of teenagers aged 12 to 15 are being exposed to hate speech on the Internet, since they now spend more time online than any other media activity. The research was conducted in the 3 months leading up to the end of June 2016. The industry group asked children surfing the web whether they had seen any hate speech addressed to a particular group of people based on gender, religion, disability, sexuality or gender identity. The children were asked to think about examples such as YouTube videos, posts on social media, and comments on news articles.
34% responded they had seen hate speech in the past year, of which 7% said it was regular and 27% said “sometimes”. These outcomes underline the need for parents to talk to their children about what they see and do on the Internet.
Ofcom conducts a research into children’s media habits every year, but the issue of hate speech was considered for the first time. However, in previous years Ofcom has asked children if they have come across “worrying or nasty” content online. The positive answers were received from 19% for 12-15-year-olds and 10% for 8-11-year-olds. In the meantime, online bullying turned out no worse than in person for both groups of respondents.
According to the survey, children aged 5 to 15 now spend an average of 15 hours a week online, up 2 hours since last year. At the same time, time watching TV fell by more than an hour to 13 and half hours a week. As for older children, they spend more than 20 hours a week watching TV. Netflix and other TV services watched on devices different from a TV set were included in the online figures as well, but it was found that YouTube was especially popular among children: overall, 37% 3-4-year-olds watch YouTube, as well as 87% of 12-15-year-olds. Children aged between 8 and 15 who watched both TV and YouTube were twice as likely to say they prefer YouTube.
Some may worry that children spend too much time online, but the UK Internet watchdog explained that many of them were using the web to help out with creative activities and play. The matter is that children do not usually watch TV or online streaming services like adults – for them, the watching time is usually closely linked and involved in traditional play.
Friday, November 18th, 2016
|posted by (2016-11-18 14:34:41)|
|And their inability to handle the slightest bit of stress leads us to safe spaces, protests over democratic elections and the rest of what we see today. We ahve raised a generation of soft, infantile children. To no ones benefit. The pendulum will swing eventually.|
|When i was at school you took and give the abuse had a scrap and then made up.|
|opinionated assholes nothing new to the internet there.|
|posted by (2016-11-19 10:40:29)|
|Online yes, in real life, hardly.|
|posted by (2016-11-22 14:17:17)|
|I believe the reason is '' league of retards'' i am 26 years old and i play every game whit this code ''/ignore all''|
|The PC crowd want to turn our kids into pussies!|
|posted by (2016-11-23 09:38:44)|
|I'd say it is more likely that 1/3 of 12-15 year olds are responsible for 90% of the hate speech online, especially on forums and chat interfaces like in gaming, i got so fed up of it a few years back i stopped using my headset unless in a closed game with known players||
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