YCWW: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online

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Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase III: Findings from Canada’s largest research project on children and teens’ Internet use are now available. Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online looks at how often Canadian youth are exposed to prejudice, how it makes them feel and how they respond to it.

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YCWW: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online

  1. 1. Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online June 2014 Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts
  2. 2. Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online June 2014 Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts In 2013, MediaSmarts conducted a national survey of 5,436 Canadian students, grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, to explore the role of networked technologies in their lives. Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online is the sixth in a series of reports which draw on the rich data that was collected.
  3. 3. Exposure Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Exposure
  4. 4. Exposure Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Racism and sexism online Have you seen racist or sexist things online? Percentage At least once a day 16% At least once a week 21% At least once a month 21% At least once a year 11% Less than once a year 8% Never 22%
  5. 5. Exposure Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Racism and sexism online: Grade 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 7 8 9 10 11 Grade At least once a day At least once a week At least once a month At least once a year Less than once a year Never
  6. 6. Exposure Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Racism and sexism online: Frequency of exposure Grade Have seen racist or sexist content online at least once a day or once a week 7 20% 8 28% 9 48% 10 50% 11 56%
  7. 7. Exposure Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Racism and sexism online: Gender 19% 24% 20% 9% 7% 22% 14% 21% 22% 13% 9% 21% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% At least once a day At least once a week At least once a month At least once a year Less than once a year Never Boy Girl
  8. 8. Students’ Attitudes Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Students’ Attitudes
  9. 9. Students’ Attitudes Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about racist or sexist online content? Agree Percentage It is important to say something so people know it’s wrong. 78% People say racist and sexist things to pick on other people. 69% I don’t say anything because, most of the time, people are just joking around. 57% People say racist and sexist things because they are insensitive, but not because they mean to hurt anyone. 52% When you see something racist or sexist online, it’s important to tell an adult. 47% When people say something racist or sexist about me as a joke, it hurts my feelings. 46% It is wrong, but it’s not my place to say anything. 45% My friends and I say racist and sexist things to each other online but we don’t mean anything by it. 44%
  10. 10. Students’ Attitudes Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Attitudes to racism or sexism online: Gender
  11. 11. Students’ Attitudes Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Attitudes to racism or sexism online: Grade 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 7 8 9 10 11 Grade It is important to say something so people know it’s wrong. It is wrong, but it’s not my place to say anything. I don’t say anything because, most of the me, people are just joking around. People say racist and sexist things to pick on other people. People say racist and sexist things because they are insensi ve, but not because they mean to hurt anyone. When people say something racist or sexist about me as a joke, it hurts my feelings. My friends and I say racist and sexist things to each other online but we don’t mean anything by it. When you see something racist or sexist online, it’s important to tell an adult.
  12. 12. Students’ Attitudes Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Grade It is important to say something so people know it’s wrong. It is wrong, but it’s not my place to say anything. I don’t say anything because, most of the time, people are just joking around. People say racist and sexist things to pick on other people. 7 82% 37% 44% 72% 8 80% 43% 51% 67% 9 74% 52% 63% 71% 10 78% 49% 64% 68% 11 77% 50% 67% 69% Attitudes to racism or sexism online: Grade
  13. 13. Students’ Attitudes Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Grade People say racist and sexist things because they are insensitive, but not because they mean to hurt anyone. When people say something racist or sexist about me as a joke, it hurts my feelings. My friends and I say racist and sexist things to each other online, but we don’t mean anything by it. When you see something racist or sexist online, it’s important to tell an adult. 7 45% 59% 28% 68% 8 49% 50% 37% 54% 9 61% 37% 54% 39% 10 55% 41% 51% 36% 11 60% 34% 59% 26% Attitudes to racism or sexism online: Grade
  14. 14. Helping Students Respond Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Helping Students Respond
  15. 15. Helping Students Respond Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts I have learned about the following activities From my parent(s) From teachers From friends From reading about it online I have never learned about this How to deal with hateful, racist or sexist online information (Grades 7-11 only) 39% 39% 21% 17% 24%
  16. 16. Helping Students Respond Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Learning about how to deal with hateful, racist, or sexist online information: Gender
  17. 17. Helping Students Respond Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Learning about how to deal with hateful, racist, or sexist online information: Grade 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 7 8 9 10 11 Grade How to deal with hateful, racist or sexist online informa on (Gr. 7-11 only) From my parent(s) How to deal with hateful, racist or sexist online informa on (Gr. 7-11 only) From teachers How to deal with hateful, racist or sexist online informa on (Gr. 7-11 only) From friends How to deal with hateful, racist or sexist online informa on (Gr. 7-11 only) From reading about it online How to deal with hateful, racist or sexist online informa on (Gr. 7-11 only) I have never learned about this
  18. 18. Helping Students Respond Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Do you want to learn more about this in school? Would you like to learn more about this in school? Percentage Yes How to deal with hateful, racist or sexist online information (Gr. 7-11 only) 31%
  19. 19. Helping Students Respond Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Site rules and seeing racist or sexist content online 11% 21% 21% 12% 9% 24% 19% 23% 21% 11% 7% 19% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% At least once a day At least once a week At least once a month At least once a year Less than once a year Never Site rules No site rules
  20. 20. Helping Students Respond Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Do you want to learn more about this in school?: Gender
  21. 21. Helping Students Respond Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online © 2014 MediaSmarts Do you want to learn more about this in school?: Grade

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