A recent international study bared that seven out of ten girls and young women experienced online harassment on social media in the Philippines.
Women’s rights organization Plan International released the research “Free to be online? Girls’ and young women’s experiences of online harassment” which entails surveys and interviews of 14,000 girls from ages 15 to 24 years old in 31 countries, including the Philippines.
The study revealed that girls who use social media in high and low-income countries alike routinely encountered different forms of online harassment and violence, including threats of sexual violence and abusive language, among others.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of girls and young women who have experienced online harassment on social media said that the harassment happens “frequently” or “very frequently.”
Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Filipino girls and young women also said that they were harassed by people they know. Those who identified themselves as being an ethnic minority or living with a disability are more vulnerable to online violence.
The majority of these surveyed individuals in the Philippines believe that the pandemic has made being online more important but also disempowered them by making them victims, leaving them emotionally stressed and feeling unsafe.