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Revealed: Children ‘often hide incidents of cyber bullying from their parents’

Revealed: Children ‘often hide incidents of cyber bullying from their parents’
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A key report on youth growing up in a connected global community has revealed that children often hide incidents of cyber bullying from their parents.

Cyber bullying an intentional, harassment, intimidation, embarrassment or abuse encountered by children and teenagers using technological devices is now more rampant than ever before the joint report by Kaspersky Lab, iconKids & Youth also revealed.

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]According to the study, bullying on the Internet seriously affects the emotional well-being of children: parents of 37 percent of the victims reported lower self-esteem in their children, 30 percent saw a deterioration in their performance at school, and 28 percent cited depression.[/quote]Authors of the report say children often hide incidents of cyber bullying from their parents, making the task of protecting them even more complicated and  tougher.

The report titled  “Growing Up Online – Connected Kids” shows that 72 percent of respondents said their child’s experience with cyber bullying had been terrible.

According to the study, bullying on the Internet seriously affects the emotional well-being of children: parents of 37 percent of the victims reported lower self-esteem in their children, 30 percent saw a deterioration in their performance at school, and 28 percent cited depression.

In addition, 25 percent of parents stated that cyber bullying had disrupted their child’s sleep patterns and caused nightmares (21 percent). Another 26 percent of parents noticed that their child had started avoiding contact with other children, and 20 percent discovered their child had anorexia.

Children seen having fun at kiddies zone at TechPlus 2016
Children seen having fun at Kiddies zone at TechPlus 2016

It can be hard to determine what is true or false online, with 63 percent of young people in the survey said they are not sure what to believe when using the internet.

In addition, 51 percent have trouble knowing what is appropriate online. Of the young people surveyed, 21 percent of them are afraid they will be confronted with things they do not want to see.

Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab, believes that “in an effort to protect our children from danger, we can’t forget that they not only live in the real world but also in the virtual world, which is just as real to them.

Mochola adds that “on the Internet, children socialise, learn new things, have fun and, unfortunately, encounter unpleasant situations. Cyber bullying is one of the most dangerous things that can confront a child on the Internet, because it can have a negative impact on their psyche and cause problems for the rest of their lives.”

According to her, ”the best solution in this case is to talk to your child and to use parental control software that can alert you to any suspicious changes to their social network page.”

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