New EU Kids Online report investigates the topic of cyberhate, hateful content on the internet, and the related experiences of children from 10 European countries. Over 9,000 children, aged 11-17, were surveyed about their encounters with hateful content and messages. Our findings show that encountering cyberhate is becoming a prevalent experience for children, though it varies across the investigated countries. The report was authored by IRTIS members Hana Macháčková, Marie Bedrošová and David Šmahel together with Catherine Blaya and Elisabeth Staksrud from EU Kids Online network.
What is cyberhate?
Cyberhate is online hate speech expressed on the internet through computers and mobile phones. It spreads and attempts to justify intolerance and discrimination. It attacks people according to their group characteristics, such as ethnicity, religion, and sexuality. Cyberhate involves online extremism and hate groups, but it increasingly appears in the regular online experience and communication via social media, news websites, and discussion fora. And it does not exclude young internet users.
In the current report 9,459 children, aged 11-17, from the Czech Republic, Finland, Flanders, France, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia were asked about their experiences with cyberhate based on ethnic background and religion.