How cyberbullying affects boys vs girls


Teenage Girl Victim Of Bullying By Text Messaging

Following a survey of 2,000 parents with children aged 9-16 by Ginger Research on behalf of Internet Matters various differences between the ways boys and girls experience cyberbullying were identified:

  • Parents fear boys (34%) are more likely to be bullied on gaming platforms than girls (18%)

  • 26% of parents of boys thought their child had sent, or maybe sent, cruel comments online, compared to 18% of girls' parents.

  • Parents of boys (26%) worry more about their children sending cruel comments online, than children of girls (18.3%)

  • Xbox live is more popular with boys (58%) than girls (31%)

  • Boys (52%) use WhatsApp 23 per cent more than girls (42%)
  • Parents fear girls (64%) are more likely to be bullied over social media than boys (54%)

  • Girls (39%) have witnessed more cruel comments online than boys (31%).

  • More parents of girls (55%) are worried about bullying over popularity, than parents of boys (49%)

  • More parents of girls (33%) are concerned about bullying by text, than parents of boys (27%)

  • Snapchat is significantly more popular with girls (56%) than boys (38%)

Internet Matters has now launched a comprehensive online hub where parents can get information and advice on how to deal with cyberbullying.