Poll – The New Indian Express
NEW DELHI: One in three teens who have been exposed to the internet have had negative experiences of some sort and nearly half of Delhi-NCR teens are addicted to it, a study by the NGO Child Rights and You found.
Survey results further suggest that a whopping 75 percent of 13-18 year olds do not have a clear knowledge of the minimum age required to set up social media accounts and up to two in five users are ready to accept requests from friends of friends and / or complete strangers, thus becoming more vulnerable to online threats and dangers.
The study “Online Safety and Internet Addiction: A Study Among Teens in Delhi-NCR” highlighted important trends associated with internet use, safety and addiction among adolescents. It was conducted among 630 adolescents in eight schools in Delhi-NCR showed that adolescents have considerably easy access to the Internet, with 93 percent of those surveyed accessing the Internet from their homes.
Explaining the purpose of the survey, Soha Moitra, Regional Director of CRY (North) said: “Online safety emerges as an important aspect of protection for the well-being of children and young people.
“While we recognize that the Internet is a vital medium for children’s participation and expression, it is the duty of parents, communities, the state and society as a whole to ensure that children are both protected and empowered to protect themselves against the Internet. addiction and threats. This was the premise of carrying out the study, where we intended to understand the knowledge, practices and lived experiences of children in the online world, ”she said.
The study also found that 6 percent of boys and 40 percent of girls among those surveyed had their own device. Almost half of teenage users (48 percent) had some level of Internet addiction.
Victims of cyber-harassment
About 10% of teenage internet users have been victims of cyberbullying and one in two of them have reported such incidents, according to a study by the children’s rights organization Child Rights and You (CRY).