Barbers are increasingly concerned about how they might be targeted online, with a recent survey revealing one in four had received a barrage of online abuse and comments on social media.
Key points:Barbers say they have experienced bullying and harassment onlineBarbers and health experts have said they are concerned about the impact of cyberbullying on the communityThe survey also found barbers have found they have more concerns about online bullying than they have about any other area of their professionIn the survey, published on the ABC’s News.
Com website, more than 3,000 people responded to a series of questions about cyberbullies, online bullying and the role they play in the community.
Almost two thirds (63 per cent) of barbers surveyed had received at least one online attack in the past year.
More than half (54 per cent of respondents) had received harassment or death threats.
Nearly half (47 per cent), or more than 8,000 respondents, said they had been threatened with violence, while nearly half (46 per cent, or more 5,500) said they have been harassed online.
The survey found the number of people who have experienced cyberbullied online was growing.
In the last 12 months, there has been a 28 per cent increase in the number who have been attacked online and a 21 per cent rise in the time they have gone online, compared to the same period in 2017.
And while barbers were most worried about online harassment, more were concerned about cyber bullying.
Barbers also said they were concerned that cyberbulling could affect their work environment and personal relationships.
The number of barber shop owners who were threatened with physical violence was also increasing, with three-quarters of respondents (77 per cent or 6,500 respondents) having received such threats.ABS/AAP