With the emergence of cyber-bullying as one of the major threats online, school-going children were found to be extremely vulnerable to account hacking or receiving inappropriate messages in India, a survey revealed on Monday. The Telenor India WebWise survey by Norwegian telecom giant Telenor analysed internet usage and access patterns of children across schools in 13 cities, involving 2,727 students. Also Read - Beware! Chinese hackers targeting State Bank of India (SBI) users with phishing scams, moreAlso Read - Almost 60 percent of internet users in India fell prey to hacking in the last 1 year: Report
The findings showed that over 35 percent children have experienced their account being hacked while 15.74 percent shared that they have received inappropriate messages. When bullied online 15 percent complained, whereas 10.41 percent faced humiliation through picture/video that were uploaded on internet.
While majority of the children were willing to approach their parents in case they experience any cyber harm, over 76 percent children were not aware of Child Helpline 1098. “While the survey highlighted the vulnerabilities and cyber threats, it presented with insights that can help create focused awareness campaigns around safe internet practices,” Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor India Communications, said in a statement. ALSO READ: Don t use multiple social media accounts at the same time; here s why
In addition, social media giant Facebook emerged as the most favorite platform for school-going children, followed by WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram. The survey revealed that in urban areas, 98.8 percent of the schoolkids access internet to find information for school projects, playing games, reading online books, listening to music and watching movies, social networking sites and email, etc.