Indian kids being bullied online; parents don't feel so: Symantec

Jun 15 2014, 13:48 IST
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84 per cent of the parents surveyed in the country said they did not feel that their child was being bullied online. Reuters 84 per cent of the parents surveyed in the country said they did not feel that their child was being bullied online. Reuters
SummaryWith easy access to Internet and smart gadgets, a growing number of children in the country...

Italy, Japan, the UAE, the UK and the US.

In India, the survey was conducted with over 300 respondents (parents and kids) pan-India in tier I and tier II cities.

"Many (parents) are unaware of whether their child is being harmed by cyberbullying or harming others and therefore unable to provide necessary support," Chopra said.

While 70 per cent children surveyed did say they reached out to their parents when they experienced anything negative online, parents still need to educate themselves and provide confidence to their children to share their bad online experiences with them or another adult, he added.

"Online safety requires a combination of online and offline tools and continuous dialogues between parents and children. With the online dangers getting more targeted and sophisticated, it is important to have the right security software in the background on all devices to assess the activities," Chopra said.

Lastly, parents need to intervene personally to ensure social media use by their child is monitored regularly and educate them to make informed decisions about staying cautious and seeking help when dealing with cyberbullies, he added.

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