Round Research#4

Inquiry Question: How does social media affect teens(13-19 years old)?

Round research#4 focuses on:

1. How does cyberbullying affect teens? 
2. How does hate speech affect teens?
3. What're other aspects that might take the negative effect on teens?


  • Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. From (2)
  • Cyberbullying has unique concerns in that it can be persistent, permanent and hard to notice. From (2)
  • Cyberbullying comes in many forms but the most common are:

    • receiving intentionally hurtful text messages, emails or direct messages on social media sites
    • people spreading rumors or lies about someone online
    • people sending images or videos intended to humiliate or embarrass someone
    • people sending threats to someone
    • people setting up and using fake online profiles to embarrass or intimidate someone. From (1)
  • Cyberbullying can be even more distressing because of its very public and uncontrollable nature.  For example, there’s no limit to who can view or take part in cyberbullying; it can be very difficult to remove content shared online; bullies can be anonymous; content can be accessed through search engines. From (1)
  • Cyberbullying can have a range of different effects on teenagers but might include:

    • lower school attendance and performance
    • increased stress and anxiety
    • feelings of isolation and fear
    • poor concentration
    • depression
    • decreased self-esteem and confidence
    • in extreme cases, the cyberbullying can lead to suicide. From (1)
  • According to the Harford county examiner, Around half of teens have been the victims of cyberbullying, only 1 in 10 teens tells a parent if they have been a cyber bully victim and fewer than 1 in 5 cyberbullying incidents are reported to law enforcement. From (3)
  • Students were most likely to report hate-related words referring to their race (three percent in 2013). Two percent of students reported being targeted on the basis of their ethnicity, and around one percent of students reported being targeted for their religion, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. From (4)
  • In 2013, Black and Asian students were more likely to report being the target of hate-related words than their white peers (8 and 10 percent, respectively, compared with 5 percent of white students). From (4)
  • “Bullying, harassment, and hate speech have no place on the YouTube platform and we have clear policies against harassing and hateful content, which we remove when it’s flagged.” said by a YouTube spokesperson. From (5)
  • Many of those who are victims of Hate Speech may self-harm, or become suicidal, their confidence and self-esteem may be affected, as well as many more consequences. From (6)
  • Making jokes about people’s sexuality, ethnicity, skin color, religion and a variety of other aspects can lead to normalizing negative aspects, which is another effect of Hate Speech. It also reinforces stereotypes and prejudices, which are very difficult to overcome. When stereotypes exist about groups of people, this creates tension between people, particular groups of people. Tension can lead to an even more serious situation in the future. From (6)
  • Even into adulthood, our children continue to learn about race within the context of what their developing brains can understand. From (7)
  • For many children, the hateful language used in this election is making them feel like they don’t belong.  It’s also making other kids and teenagers feel like they have the right to taunt or tease those kids. From (7)
  • One in three internet users between the ages of 12 and 15 say they saw "hate speech" online in the past year, according to Ofcom's latest survey of children's media habits. From (8)
  • Social media is among the leading causes of sleep deprivation in teens today. Adolescents can stay active on social for longer durations if not prompted to stop. From (9)
  • Uncontrolled social media usage among teens can lead to internet addiction. The more time kids spend on social media, the more they get exposed to new stories and ideas that they would want to explore. From (9)
  • The imposter syndrome, stalking and the sense of being ignored are basic negative influence that can take on teens. From (9)


  1. Posted by
  2. Posted by
  3. http://www.bullyingstatistics....ying-statistics.html Posted by
  4. Posted by
  5. Written by David Bond on November 15th, 2016
  6. Posted by Anne Walsh on April 20th, 2015
  7. presented by the Equal Justice Society
  8. Posted by Leo Kelion on November 16th, 2016
  9. Written by Vinay Prajapati on March 10th, 2017
  10. Posted by Rachael Ehmke.
Original Post

Hey Charlotte! 

This is absolutely a big problem in our generation right now. It's really great that your making this aware in our community. Are you interested in going into the scientific side of how social media effects us? If you are here's a site that might be helpful.

good luck Charlotte!!

Hi Charlotte, 

You have so much information and sources here; it's great! At the very end, you go into Imposter Syndrome, which I have never heard of before. Could you go more in-depth into what this is? You could also explicate the relationship between the lack of privacy on social media and the feeling of constantly being watched/stalked. Also, I see how you've point-formed your information into notes. Could you maybe provide a connection between your notes and your specified inquiry questions (like 1.,2., and 3.)?

This was really cool to read; good work!
Erica Won.

Hey charlotte,

This is a really big topic and you explained it really well. I really liked the formatting with the bullet points. It would be interesting to see if you could do a topic related to how this affects teen’s non-electronic social life or activity. Anyways I hope your next topic is related to this topic and good luck.


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