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)