Instagram is the most used social media platform for cyberbullies in UK: Report

Instagram is the most used social networking site used by cyber bullies, says a survey report on Ditch The Label, a pro-equality and anti-bullying charity based out of UK.

Surveyed on 10,020 students in school and colleges between the age of 12 to 20, the findings revealed that out of the 78 percent who use Instagram, 42 percent have been bullied. This is five percent higher than those bullied on Facebook (37 percent). Also, findings reveal that image-based content is used more than online videos for bullying on cyberspace since even though 92 percent used YouTube, as against 78 percent on Instagram, most of the bullying happened via the latter medium. In Fact, only ten percent of the people surveyed used YouTube for cyberbullying.

Social anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts were some of the causes of cyber-bullying. At least 52 percent of the surveyors felt afraid of being trolled or bullied online.

Moreover, 71 percent of these people felt that internet did not really do anything to prevent cyber-bullying.

Surveyed amongst people of multi-ethnicity, religious profiles, gender identities and age group with more than 20 percent swinging between the preteen and teen phase, at least 54 percent have bullied at some point in their life. It is, perhaps, unsurprising to notice that amongst the bullied, 74.7 percent are LGBT.

With three-fourth of surveyees using social media, more than 300 people were bullied on these spaces everyday, the numbers seem alarming. According to, Liam Hackett, CEO of Ditch The Label, "Our theme this year was to explore the impact of technology and digital abuse upon the lives of young people. Technology is having a profound impact upon all of our lives."


Published Date: Jul 22, 2017 04:23 pm | Updated Date: Jul 22, 2017 04:23 pm