Looking at girl’s digital lives this International Women’s Day
Images in girl’s digital lives
This Safer Internet Day we conducted research asking young people about their use of images and videos online and the impact that they have in their digital lives. It found that teen girls are particularity likely to face pressures in our image-driven digital culture. On average young people take 12 selfies+ before they are happy to post one online, and 51% of girls said they worry about how attractive they look when they share photos online.
45% of young people aged 8-17 years old have used a filter in the last year to make themselves look better, with 52% of girls saying they have done this compared to 38% of boys.
We found that 13-17 year old girls are particularly likely to experience pressures about how they look, with almost two thirds (61%) of them saying they worry about how attractive they look when sharing photos online and nearly half (47%) of them saying they have felt sad about their appearance after seeing a particular image or video online.
Girls using the internet to Be The Change
The study found that online hate is something that 38% of girls worried about, this is in comparison to the 31% of boys who said they worried about online hate. It also found that 77% of girls asked said that online hate made them more careful about what they share online.
The research suggests that girls would particularly benefit from being empowered with skills, knowledge and confidence to take positive actions – from reporting abuse online to proactively creating a better and kinder internet.