Telenor releases study on cyberbullying and online peer pressure

  • TECH
  • Thursday, 11 Feb 2016

Pertinent issues: An infographic from Telenor's Safe Internet survey, showing how Malaysian students deal with online peer pressure and other matters.

It’s fair to say that Internet access has fundamentally changed the world as we know it in many positive ways.

However, as with any technological advancement there’s also a dark side and with the Internet. It’s cyberbullying.

Telenor Group recently released the results of its Safe Internet study, which was conducted with the aim of understanding Internet safety knowledge among students across Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia.

For the study, 1,510 students from Bangladesh, 1,896 Malaysian students and 1,336 Thai students between the ages of 12 and 18 were interviewed on various Internet-related threats, from cyberbullying to peer pressure in order to understand the factors influencing behaviour patterns and develop solutions.

Here are some of the results of that survey:

  • Amongst students surveyed, 49% of pupils in Bangladesh said they succumbed to at least one form of peer pressure, in comparison to just 39% of Malaysian students and 35% of Thai students.
  • Peer pressure in this case was in the form of friends who encouraged them to visit unsuitable websites or use bad language online.
  • On cyberbullying, 49% of students from Bangladesh have experienced either “being bullied or disturbed online” or “being bullied by the same person both online and offline” or have actually engaged in the act of bullying others online. In Malaysia, this number is at 37% while in Thailand, the number is at 33%.
  • More telling is that in a previous 2014 study in Malaysia, two-thirds of children feel that sending offensive SMS-es or pretending to be someone else online to post inappropriate photos does not qualify as cyberbullying.
The study also revealed that nearly half of these students would tend to confide in parents or teachers when faced with online issues that they do not know how to solve alone, suggesting that a closer collaboration between schools and families could lead to a more holistic approach to the problem of cyberbullying.
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