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1 in 3 Indian children are victims of cyberbullying, McAfee released shocking statistics: Report

India is among the top-5 countries in terms of cybercrime. McAfee has shared a shocking statistic, according to which 1 out of every 3 Indian children is a victim of cyber bullying.

McAfee has shared a shocking report, according to which 1 out of every 3 children under the age of 10 in India is a victim of online cyber racism, sexual harassment and physical harm. Because of this, India is at the top globally in terms of cyberbullying of children. According to the report, the number of cyberbullying on children in India is twice the global average. The survey was conducted by McAfee among 11,500 parents and children (10 to 18 years) from nearly 10 countries. These countries include the US, UK, Germany, Canada and India. 

Gagan Singh, Chief Product Officer, McAfee said that cyber bullying in India is alarming and is among the highest in the world. 1 in 3 children under the age of 10 are victims of cyber racism, sexual harassment, and physical heart threats. Gagan Singh said that parents in India lack information about cyber bullying, but what is even more worrying is that children are not accepting behaviors like jokes and name-calling as harmful online. 

Cyberbullying cases in India more than the global average

Different forms of cyber bullying include online trolling, personal attacks, sexual harassment, threats of personal harm, and doxing. In the survey, 36 percent of children are victims of online trolling. At the same time, 20 percent of children are subjected to personal attacks. Whereas, 30 percent of children are involved in sexual harassment, 28 percent of personal harm and 23 percent of children doxing i.e. publishing personal information online. 

Apart from this, 39 percent of children are victims of fake rumours. At the same time, 35 percent of children are excluded from the group and conversation. Whereas, incidents like name calling happen with 34 percent of children. The most shocking statistics are that about 45 percent of Indian children hide incidents of cyberbullying from their parents.

According to the report, 45 percent of children in India are victims of cyberbullying by strangers as against 17 percent globally. At the same time, 48 percent of children are victimized by people they know. Another shocking figure has come out in this survey. Girls in the age group of 10 to 14 years are victims of cyberbullying, while 34 percent of girls in the age group of 15 to 16 years are cyberbullying. The incidence of cyber bullying among children in India is 1.5 times higher than the global average.

How to escape?

To protect children from cyberbullying, it is important for parents to be aware of cybercrime . Parents should explain to their children to avoid these incidents happening online and keep them away from social media platforms.

Apart from this, parents should prevent children from using smartphones. If, for some reason, they also use smart gadgets or mobile phones, then they should be monitored.

Parental controls must be activated to monitor children’s e-mail or social media accounts. Not only this, parental lock should also be installed in the mobile given to the children.

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