Cyberbullying and social media: young people

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Introduction page

Welcome!

This is a survey for young people aged 11 – 25 to learn about your experiences of using social media and the impact social media has on your mental health.  

YoungMinds are holding an inquiry, in partnership with The Children’s Society about the impact of social media on the mental health of children and young people. The inquiry asks two key questions about social media companies:
 
  1. Should social media companies do more to prevent and tackle cyber-bullying on their sites?
  2. Should social media companies do more to promote the wellbeing and good mental health of the users on their sites.
This survey will help us to answer these questions. It will help us to understand what is and isn’t working well, and what could be done to make social media sites safer in the future.

There will be a final report, which will be made available on YoungMinds and The Children’s Society’s websites, which will include data from this survey. YoungMinds and The Children’s Society will make sure that all your responses are kept anonymous, meaning no details that could identify you (like your name or school) will be shared or put into the report. YoungMinds and The Children’s Society might also use your answers in our work to improve young people’s mental health - we will always keep your responses anonymous if we use them in this way. 

The survey should take around 10-15 minutes, and we are really grateful to you for sharing your opinions and experiences.

Thank you!

 
Social Media:

Young people are living more and more of their lives online and this creates new risks and challenges for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. 

We know that the digital world can offer huge benefits. At the same time, pressure to keep up with friends and have the perfect life online is adding to the stress that many young people feel on a daily basis.
2. Which social media sites do you use? (please tick all that apply) *This question is required.
3. How many hours do you spend on average on social media in a day? *This question is required.
4. When do you use social media? *This question is required.
4. When do you use social media? *This question is required.AlwaysSometimesNeverNot sure
In the morning
During school, college or work
After school, college or work
In the evening
Overnight (between 12am - 6am)
5. How old were you when you first had a social media account?
6. Do you think that your use of social media has an impact on the following? *This question is required.
6. Do you think that your use of social media has an impact on the following? *This question is required.Yes - it has a positive impactYes - it has a negative impactIt has no impactNot sure
Your relationship with your friends
Your relationship with your family
Your school, college or work life
How you feel about yourself
7. Do you think that what you say or how you interact with people on social media is different to how you would speak and interact with them offline/in person?
Please feel free to add comments about your answer
8. Which of the following statements would you describe as true?
8. Which of the following statements would you describe as true?YesNoNot sure
My parents know what social media sites I use
My parents know how often I use social media
My parents know how I use social media e.g. to share photos / talk to friends / create events etc
If I was upset about something that happened on social media I would tell my parents
Cyber-bullying:

Cyberbullying is any form of bullying that happens online, or through smartphones and tablets. It can have a real impact on our mental health and wellbeing.

 
9. Do you think the following are examples of cyber-bullying?
Posting inappropriate or upsetting content
Posting inappropriate or upsetting contentYes and I have experienced thisYes, though I have never experienced thisNo and I have experienced thisNo and I have never experienced thisI don't know
Sending threatening, intimidating or nasty messages via a social media site, email or text
Sending persistent messages, or offensive content to somebody, even once they have told you to stop
Use of emojis to make someone feel bad
Posting embarrassing or unwanted photographs / videos / information about somebody without their permission
sending angry, abusive online messages to intentionally provoke someone into starting an argument
Posting negative messages or comments about people
Filming and sharing videos of physical or emotional abuse
Hate-based cyberbullying (posting, liking or sharing any messages / content that is sexist, racist (and other hate categories)
Sending viruses that can damage a person’s computer
Lying Online
Lying OnlineYes and I have experienced thisYes, though I have never experienced thisNo and I have experienced thisNo and I have never experienced thisI don't know
Lying about somebody online
Creating fake profiles about somebody
publicly sharing personal, private or embarrassing information, photos or videos about someone online
logging into someone else’s account, impersonating them or posting inappropriate content in their name
Responding to hurtful content
Responding to hurtful contentYes and I have experienced thisYes, though I have never experienced thisNo and I have experienced thisNo and I have never experienced thisI don't know
Liking or sharing negative comments or photographs of people
Other
OtherYes and I have experienced thisYes, though I have never experienced thisNo and I have experienced thisNo and I have never experienced thisI don't know
Encouraging or enticing online bullying
Excluding people from conversations, groups, games or activities
Manipulating or blackmailing
Unfriending or blocking somebody
10. If you were bullied or harassed on social media, would you do any of the following? (Please tick all that apply)
11. Please mark whether the following statements are true or false: *This question is required.
11. Please mark whether the following statements are true or false: *This question is required.True - onlineTrue - offlineFalsePrefer not to sayDon't know
I have been harassed or bullied in the last month
I have been harassed or bullied in the last year
I have been harassed or bullied in my lifetime
12. Please mark whether the following statements are true or false *This question is required.
12. Please mark whether the following statements are true or false *This question is required.True - onlineTrue - offlineFalsePrefer not to sayI don't know
I have seen somebody be harassed or bullied
I know one of my friends has been bullied or harassed in the last year
I know one of my friends has been bullied or harassed in their lifetime
13. Please state how far you think these different measures would be effective strategies by social media companies in tackling cyber-bullying or promoting good mental health amongst users. *This question is required.
Account Settings and Security
Account Settings and SecurityVery effectiveEffectiveNot effectiveVery ineffectiveNot sure
Private view function - allowing you to change your privacy settings
Blocking functions - allowing you to block comments, photographs or people
Being able to report unwanted images, messages, photographs or profiles, and having these removed.
Account Rules
Account RulesVery effectiveEffectiveNot effectiveVery ineffectiveNot sure
Having a system of banning people who have previously bullied or harassed people on these platforms
Having clear rules about what activities and language is tolerated and what is not on these sites, and communicating this clearly
Account Support and Signposting
Account Support and SignpostingVery effectiveEffectiveNot effectiveVery ineffectiveNot sure
Signposting to mental health support websites, or advice lines.
Sending supportive private messages to those who may be being harrassed or bullied on the social media platform or is showing signs of emotional distress, including signposting to support sources.
Providing clear information about risks and concerns relating to mental health and cyber-bullying on the platform, including what not to tolerate
14. Do you think that social media companies should do more to tackle cyberbullying on their platforms? *This question is required.
16. Do you think that social media companies should do more to promote good mental health on their platforms? *This question is required.
We would like to know about who has taken this survey so we can make sure we are hearing the voices of young people from different backgrounds and with different experiences.

Please complete the questions below by selecting the options that apply to you.
21. Everybody  has ‘mental health’ – it includes things like: how we feel about ourselves; how we cope when things are difficult; our ability to make and keep friends and relationships; and how we learn and develop as we grow up. 
Sometimes people experience mental health problems and have difficult thoughts and feelings that make it hard to enjoy or even to do the things they usually do like sleeping, eating, going to school or spending time with their friends. 
 
Please tick any of the following statements that are true:
22. If you are interested in telling us more about your experiences of cyberbullying, or if you would like to take part in a workshop about this issue, please enter your details below. If you are aged 16 or under, we will need to check with an adult, normally your parent or carer before you take part. This helps make sure that you have the chance to talk with an adult before you take part.