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‘Kids using Net face greater risk of being bullied’

PUNE: More children in India are using social networking but exposure to the internet has put them at risk of online bullying with a much greater reach than offline bullying, said a Report,’Children in digital world’, published by Unicef this week.
The report analysed the use of internet by children in India and other countries and also highlighted a digital gap. Women and girls are discriminated against in India when it comes to internet usage and for those Indians living on less than US$2 a day, the average cost of a smartphone is about one-sixth of their annual income, it said.
Children and adolescents under 18 account for an estimated one in three internet users around the world, the report said. “The role of social networking in expanding friendships… For some, they can be a source of pressure, with adolescents feeling the need to post ‘attractive’ content about themselves, for example, or content that would be ‘liked’ by others”, stated the report.
The report said that information and communication technology (ICT) has made it easier to use new channels of connectivity and communication for online bullying.
The report cites examples from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on discrimination against girls and women when it comes to internet usage. “In India, where only 29% of all internet users are female, girls in rural areas often face restrictions on their use of ICTs solely because of their gender.
Source : timesofindia



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