Here’s why internet may not be the best place for your child

Published December 28, 2016 by lagmen
NEW DELHI: Over 35% children surveyed have experienced their account being hacked while more than 15% shared that they have received inappropriate messages, according to Telenor’s WebWise report.

About 15% complained of being bullied online whereas 10.41% faced humiliation through picture or video that were uploaded on Internet, the report revealed.

“Over 35% children have experienced their account being hacked while 15.74% shared that they have received inappropriate messages,” as per the report analysing internet usage and access patterns of school-going children.

Over 43% school going children use phones for internet access: Report

The report found that 98.8% school-going children access internet in urban areas, and 49.5% of them do it from home. Over 43% use mobile as the medium to access internet, followed by laptop, desktop and tablets, it added.

Children use internet to find information for school projects, playing games, reading online books, listening to music and watching movies, social networking sites and email, it added.

The report further revealed that 54.8% children share their passwords with friends. Majority of children were willing to approach their parents in case they experience any cyber harm, it added.

“Over 76% children are not aware of the Child Helpline 1098,” the report said adding that Facebook was the most favourite platform, followed by WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram.

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“The Telenor India WebWise report indicates that children are extremely vulnerable to account hacking, receiving inappropriate messages, being bullied online, etc. Cyber-bullying has also emerged as one of the major threats online and often it goes undetected as children do not discuss the issue with parents or teachers,” the release said.

The WebWise survey was conducted across schools in 13 cities of India covering a sample size of 2,727 students.

As part of the WebWise programme, Telenor employees conduct workshops in schools to spread awareness on safe internet practices for students, teachers and parents.

“After the workshop, 92.6% of the children surveyed said they will not share personal information with strangers while online, whereas 89.3% said they will block suspicious persons and inform an adult in case they are bullied online,” it said


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