Ditch the Label and Habbo have teamed up to find out the extent and nature of online bullying and in game abuse within digital gaming environments. Here’s what we found out, in a nutshell:
57% of people have been bullied in a game
64% have been trolled in an online game
57% have been subjected to hate speech in game
47% of people have received threats
40% have experienced unwanted sexual contact
38% have been hacked
34% have had personal information shared in a game
Those who experience bullying in real life, are more likely to use video games as a way of escape and distraction from the hassle they get offline. Imagine getting home after being bullied at school, only to go online to receive yet more abuse in games from absolute strangers – no one should have to put up with that!
80% of those surveyed said they have never bullied somebody in an online game, this may be the case, however this could also be due to the fact that some may not even realise that they are displaying bullying behaviours. Let’s enjoy games the way they are supposed to be played by taking a united approach to tackle bullying online.
Find out more
Check out our gaming content below for help with trolling and cyberbullying and you can even take our quiz to see if you’re showing signs of trolling behaviours online:
- Are You Trolling? [QUIZ]
- The Problem with Trolling
- 6 of the Most Progressive Video Game Characters
- Cyberbullying Support Hub
Confused by all this gaming lingo!? Click here to find an ‘Easter egg’ of gaming terms that may have been baffling you and your mates!
Need more help? You can talk anonymously with one of our digital mentors who can help you overcome online bullying and trolling, for once and for all! Maybe you’ve got something to say about trolling? Simply join the community and get typing!