A research by cyber security firm Surfshark has revealed that six out of 10 children in the age group of 8 to 12 years are at cyber risk online. The report states that cybercrimes against children are increasing rapidly every year and with the increase in remote schooling, it has increased by 144 percent in 2020. One out of every two children faces cyberbullying, while about one-third are victims of phishing or hacking. About 12 million children have been exposed to cyber risk in the US in the last three years. Reports suggest that educating children about Internet security can prevent things from happening. According to the report, children from Asia-Pacific countries have better online risk management skills than those in high-income countries.
A recent report by cyber security company Surfshark Study According to the report, six out of 10 children between the ages of 8 and 12 are exposed to online cyber risk. One in two children are victims of cyberbullying and about a third have also faced cybercrime such as phishing or hacking. Cybercrime against children is increasing at the rate of 5 to 9 percent per year. With the popularity of remote learning in the year 2020, it has increased by 144 percent. The financial loss due to cybercrime against children is $ 660,000 i.e. about 50,313,400 rupees in Indian currency.
According to the report, in the past three years, about 12 million children in the US were exposed to cyber risk, 9 million were affected by cyberbullying and 6 million faced cyber threats. Thailand, the Philippines and Turkey have the highest online risk levels for children, while countries such as Japan, Italy and Spain have the lowest online risk levels. India and Japan are the countries where online risk management can be done.
Studies show that online safety education helps children combat cyberbullying, phishing and other cyber threats. Countries like Saudi Arabia and Uruguay do not even have basic internet safety for children. Whereas in Asia-Pacific countries such as India, Malaysia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, children have online risk management skills for children. The study states that India has 30 percent stronger online safety education programs than the global average. Whereas Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand have better online safety education programs than India.