GLSEN has recently published a report entitled, ‘Out Online: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth’ on the Internet. The report is based upon the responses from 1,960 youth (13-18 years old). Highlights from the report can be found below.
• LGBT youth were nearly 3 times more likely that non-LGBT youth to report that they had been bullied or harassed online (42% vs. 15%) and twice as likely to report that they had been bullied via text message (27% vs. 13%).
• LGBT youth indicated high rates of engagement online, including having taken part in online community activities that support a cause or issue (77%), had distributed information about a cause or issue (76%), had written a blog or posted comments on another blog about a cause or issue (68%), and used the Internet to participate in or recruit people for an event or activity (51%).
• 32% of LGBT respondents reported that they had been sexually harassed online in the past year. 25% said they had been sexually harassed via text message.
• LGBT youth reported knowing substantially more online friends than non-LGBT youth: 50% of LGBT respondents reported having at least one
close online friend, compared to only 19% of non-LGBT youth.
• LGBT youth rated their online friends as more supportive than non-LGBT youth rated their online friends.
• 62% of LGBT youth had used the Internet to connect with other LGBT people in the past year.
• 14% of LGBT youth said that they had first disclosed their LGBT identity to
• 29% of LGBT youth were more out online than in person.
• 52% of LGBT respondents who were not out to peers in person had used the Internet to connect with other LGBT people.
A copy of the report can be found here.
My latest article entitled ‘Before You Act, Test the Evidence’ which was published in the TES Magazine (No. 5093, p. 41) on the 2nd May, 2014 can be found here.