According to a survey revealed on Thursday by Responsible Netism and Cyber Peace Foundation supported by Maharashtra State Council of Educational Research and Training(MSCERT), a shocking report come that at least 80% of school students in Maharashtra aged between 10 to 17 years do not report cybercrime which they face to their families, teacher, and the police.
To understand the internet usage trends among children across Maharashtra a study was conducted between October 2019 to February 2020 by NPO and MSCERT across 13 schools in Maharashtra. The study was done with 1148 students studying in 6th to 9th standard.
The study revealed that only 37 % of students informed that they are victims of some sort of cybercrime including cyberbullying, their accounts being hacked, harassment by some stranger, and even they received pornographic contents. Around 33 % of the students deleted the content through which they were targeted for cybercrimes and while 31% of the students have informed about it to their friends.
The study also revealed that 46% of the students said that they were dependent addicted to their devices (computers, tabs, phones) and it also impacted their studies. And the two most used apps by the children are TikTok and Whatsapp. The most popular online games are GTA and PUBG among the children.
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Sonali Patanker, Founder President, Responsible Netism, commenting on it said, “This survey highlight critical findings. Internet usage has spread across geographical economic verticals. Internet dependency is a looming threat that needs to be dealt with measures to provide support to children and adults. Education not only about personal safety in cyberspace and reporting online threats but, lessons and interventions on teaching self-regulation to children every year needed to be addressed. ”
“Millions of kids in Maharashtra Today are being exposed to the cybercrimes owing to the ease of access anonymity that internet offers”.
She further added, “Our research point to the fact that technology companies are not stringently safeguarding the interests of children towards ensuring their cyber wellbeing.”
As per the findings, 60% of students faced other crimes also such as- Online Gambling, Body Shaming, Cyber Stalking, Adding to inappropriate groups, threatened online, etc.
This study shows the gap which exists. Though there is a need for smartphones they lack safety features for the cyber wellbeing of students. There is a need to educate students about cyber habits which will ensure their cyber safety.