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Need For Safer Online Practices Among Young Children – Survey

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GEORGE TOWN – There is a need for safer online practices among young children as a large number of schoolchildren in Penang are not taking enough protective measures, reveals a survey on cyber safety in schools.

DiGi’s CyberSAFE in School Programme manager Philip Ling said the survey under the National Survey 2014: CyberSAFE in Schools report showed about 40 percent of schoolchildren in Penang admitted to have taken very low action to protect themselves online.

He said an average 70 percent of schoolchildren nationwide were not concerned with the invasion of their privacy or the anonymity of the person they interacted with.

“With a population of over 261,400 students in Penang and the rapid growth of internet access, we also discovered that 27 percent of the schoolchildren who participated in the survey have been bullied online at least once.

“We believe that it is important to strengthen our children’s digital resilience towards online risk as well as empower adults to be able to intervene to create a safety net for children encountering negative experiences on the internet,” he told a press conference, here today.

A total of 1,850 schoolchildren participated in the CyberSAFE in Schools workshops over a period of nine months from over 31 schools statewide.

The survey examined several dimensions of internet-related behavior, which focused on online safe, cyber bullying, support network and personal concerns.

The results revealed the lack of safety awareness among young children and a need for safer online practices to become their habit of the mind, he said. – Bernama

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