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Half of all netizens in Indonesia victims of cyberbullying: Study

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, May 16, 2019  /  02:34 pm
Half of all netizens in Indonesia victims of cyberbullying: Study

Illustration of bullying (Shutterstock/EstherQueen999)

A recent study conducted by Polling Indonesia in collaboration with the Indonesian Internet Service Providers Association (APJII) has found that nearly half of Indonesian internet users have fallen victim to bullying on social media platforms.

The study shows that 49 percent of Indonesian netizens have been bullied on social media. 

APJII secretary-general Henri Kasyfi said the data was collected through a survey among internet users that ran from March to April. 

Most of the 5,900 people questioned said they had been ridiculed or insulted by others in cyberspace, he said. 

“It’s quite a large demographic; 49 percent of the respondents said they’d been bullied by other netizens, while around 47 percent said they’d never been bullied on the internet. The rest did not respond to the survey,” Henri said on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.

He went on to say that 31.6 percent of the bullied respondents said they had never stood up to the bullies, while 7.9 percent said they had retaliated by intimidating the bullies. 

“We have come to learn that most of the bullied netizens never fought back,” Henri said. 

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He said the majority of the country’s internet users were aged 15 to 19. Java was the region with most netizens because of the high internet penetration, he added. 

“Around 38.4 percent of Indonesian citizens, most of whom live in remote and rural areas, have never experienced the internet. We expect our recent study to serve as an evaluation basis for internet service providers in rural regions,” Henri said. (rfa/kes)