The true cost of cyber-bullying
The report, put together by economist Shamubeel Eaqub, is the first in New Zealand that puts a financial figure on the social cost of cyber-bullying and uses international research alongside a UMR survey of 1000 people in New Zealand.
While the figures suggest cyber-bullying is widespread, most of the impact is felt most sharply by the young, women and people of colour.
The report suggests cyber-bullying is most common among teens and people in their early twenties - almost half of all 18 and 19 year olds have been subject to some form of cyber abuse.
The cost associated with cyber-bullying is based on a number of factors including cost of providing support services, any intervention by health workers or authorities (including Netsafe), and even the cost associated with loss of life. By far the biggest burden falls on family and friends in terms of time costs associated with helping the victims of such attacks.
Typical bullying ranges from name calling and flaming through to threats of physical violence, sexual violence and even death threats and of course with our connected society, the medium for such threats range from online chat forums, social media and even text messages to mobile devices.
Netsafe says the report gives New Zealand "a starting point to begin to understand the full impact of this behaviour here".
"It highlights that cyberbullying has a much wider affect than the individual person being targeted and that more could be done to address the risks."
Netsafe provides online safety education, advice and support for people in New Zealand. and was appointed as the approved agency to receive, assess and investigate complaints of harm caused by digital communications under the Harmful Digital Communications Act in 2015.
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