People who get online abuse urged to report it

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YOUNG people are being urged to report online abuse.

Today marks Safer Internet Day and Hampshire police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes wants people to report hateful messages.

An online survey run by the commissioner’s office received 824 responses from people aged between 11 and 25.

Just under 44 per cent of those reported receiving an abusive comment, tweet or message on social media.

The majority were through Facebook.

Around 41 per cent of those who received an abusive message said they were not bothered by it, with 58 per cent saying they were.

Thirty-eight per cent said they were angry after getting the message and 20.5 per cent were angry or scared.

But just over 20 per cent said they had sent a message that could be considered offensive.

Mr Hayes said: ‘It is important that as responsible adults we teach young people that this kind of behaviour is unacceptable and if they witness it to report it. Social networking sites need to take more responsibility.’