Online harassment on the rise according to new study


A new survey shows the internet still is a dark and scary place for many users.  According to the anti-defamation league, more than half of all Americans say they were subjected to hateful speech and harassment online last year. That may not seem like such a big deal in a world where free speech and anonymity are often fiercely protected but 37 percent of those surveyed say they suffered “severe harassment.” 

That includes things like sexual harassment, physical threats, and stalking. It’s a sharp increase from last year’s numbers where a similar study showed just 18 percent of Americans said they were harassed in 2017.  In this new survey, 80 percent of people believe the government should step in and strengthen laws against online harassment. Social media companies and platforms like You-Tube have made fighting hateful content a top priority. 

You can always find more stories to keep your family safe online at Just click on the CybercafeParent tab and watch for cybersafe segments Thursday night’s here on KCAU 9 News.

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