Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth
We have seen an increase in suicides among adolescents between the ages of 13-24 as a result of technology. Within the LGBTQ population the rates of suicides are disproportionately high as compared to the adolescent population as a whole. For lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, the internet can oftentimes be both a source of comfort and support, as well as a site of harassment and assault. While technobullies tend to target students based on their sexual orientation, they also target youth based on their perceived sexual orientation.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services:
- 54% of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth have been victims of technobullying
- 28% were anxious about going to school
- 26% had suicidal thoughts
Studies also show that the majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth who were technobullied felt helpless
- 49% of victims claim that their parents would not believe them
- 55% believed their parents couldn’t do anything about it
- 25% of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth felt that they had to deal with technobullying alone
- 50% feared that parents would restrict their internet use
For assistance to report a technobullying or hate crime incident contact us online at youthwebonline.org or by calling 1-877-END-BIAS (363-2427).