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Majority of 8-12 year old kids prone to online threats: Report

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Majority of kids in the age bracket of 8-12 are subjected to like cyber- and addiction, and the situation is "acute" in emerging economies, says a survey.

The joint report by and the World Economic Forum, over 50 per cent of 8-12 year olds are susceptible to cyber-bullying, addiction, offline meetings, disinformation and online sexual grooming.

Notably, the problem is more acute in emerging economies, where "has been more rapid and less subject to appropriate safeguards by parents, industry or government".

The purpose of the '2018 DQ Impact Report' is to highlight the need for concerted action by government, industry and to help parents counter the threats facing the youngest 'digital citizens' and "such a need is more acute in emerging economies", it said.

"We must act quickly and take positive steps to help these children facing cyber-risks around the world, especially in information and (ICT)-emerging countries. We need to work together to help our children outsmart cyber-risks and become successful and responsible digital citizens who maximise their potential and minimise cyber-risks," said Yuhyun Park, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the DQ Institute,

The study of 38,000 children noted that 47 per cent have been victimised through cyber-in the past year.

"Today's youth make up an important part of our informed society, they will be tomorrow's voters and our future leaders. Ensuring they are better equipped to face the challenges of hyper-connected life, earlier on, should be a societal priority," said Cheryl Martin, MD, of Industries and Member of the at the WEF.

Moreover, the children spend an average of 32 hours per week in front of digital screens for entertainment alone

longer than the time they spend in school, the study said.

There is a positive association between screen time and exposure to cyber-bullying, addiction, offline meetings and online sexual behaviours, it said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 10:05 IST