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Every Second Child in Urban India feels the lack of Safety Online: Survey

The survey was conducted over Facebook with 320 respondents who were primarily from Asian countries like India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand

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New Delhi, Feb 6, 2017:  According to a recent study, Every second child in urban Indiafeels the lack of safety on internet while around 16 percent are harassed by inappropriate messages online.

According to a survey conducted by mobile operator Telenor India’s ‘WebWise’, a flagship program on the cyber safety and security of children — around 99 percent schoolchildren in urban India use internet, of whom 25 percent have been the victim of hacking of their accounts.

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The survey was conducted over Facebook with 320 respondents who were primarily from Asian countries like India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand.

The targets of this survey were Facebook users from the age group of 18-64 with stated interests in parenting, family issues, child welfare and online security.

Over 22 per cent of respondents’ children were the victims of rude and hostile comments and profanity online while 29 per cent of respondents said that being cyberbullied affected the child in a dark and negative way and was ‘depressing’ for a time.

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Forty-six per cent of the respondents stated that they speak to their children ‘all the time’ about internet and online activities, followed by 39 per cent who have discussed this ‘some times’. Only 12 percent said they had never had any conversation about this topic.

However, the survey found that a large segment of Asian adults feels empowered and aware enough to address an issue like online safety with youth comfortably.

Twenty-four per cent of respondents came up with the fact that the negative situations faced online made the children more alert and able to defend themselves in the virtual world and the same number of respondents mentioned that the children did not seem to be affected, seven per cent even saying that the online bullying and harassment ‘inspired the child to then help other victims’.

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“Across Asia, we see examples of awareness-building efforts, on the part of our company and many others, which reach scores of children, parents and school teachers and we hope this is leading to more resilience against online mistreatment,” Zainab Hussain Siddiqui, Director, Social Responsibility, Telenor Group mentioned in his statement.

Researchers have concluded that education must be imparted among youths to make them aware of how to be secure online and avoid being bullied or mistreated. (IANS)

 

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4 in 10 Indians Unaware of Cyberbullying: Study

Awareness about cyberbullying is the highest in Sweden and Italy (91 per cent each) and lowest in Saudi Arabia (37 per cent)

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One in two parents in the current survey reported knowing a child in their community who had been cyberbullied, up from 45 per cent in 2011. Pixabay

While awareness about cyberbullying has increased in India by 10 percentage points in the past seven years, 37 per cent of adults in the country have still not heard of it, says a new study.

Globally, 25 per cent of adults are unaware of cyberbullying, according to the “Global Advisor Cyberbullying Study” on Tuesday by market research firm Ipsos.

“Cyberbullying is a grave issue and the child can be a victim not only on social networking sites, but also on mobile, online messaging, email, websites, online chatrooms, etc.,” said Parijat Chakraborty, Executive Director, Ipsos Public Affairs.

The findings also revealed that the percentage of parents who reported having a child or knowing a child in their community who has experienced cyberbullying has increased in India since 2011.

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One in two parents in the current survey reported knowing a child in their community who had been cyberbullied, up from 45 per cent in 2011.

Notably, 37 per cent Indian respondents this year said their own child has experienced cyberbullying — up from a 32 per cent in 2011, the results showed.

The study carried out in 28 countries is based on over 20,000 interviews of adults conducted between March 23 and April 6 this year.

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Awareness about cyberbullying is the highest in Sweden and Italy (91 per cent each) and lowest in Saudi Arabia (37 per cent), the findings showed.

The study defined cyberbullying as when a child or group of children (under the age of 18) intentionally intimidate, offend, threaten, or embarrass another child or group of children, through the use of information technology, such as a website or chatroom on the Internet, a cellular phone, or another mobile device. (IANS)