Almost half of girls aged 7-10 have experienced an online harm, according to research warning of a “devastating” downward trend in happiness. Some 49% of girls in this age group told Girlguiding they had experienced at least one online harm, such as receiving mean comments while using the internet. Almost a fifth (18%) said they had encountered a person pretending to be someone else, while more than 11% said they had seen obscene pictures. Some 2,114 girls and young women aged between seven and 21 were surveyed for Girlguiding’s annual Girls’ Attitudes 2021 survey, shared with the PA news agency.
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