Experts Says 90% of kids abused online don’t speak out
CHENNAI: Nearly 90% of children abused online are too afraid of talking away, keeping parents in dark, say, experts, putting the responsibility on schools to distributed awareness on the requirement to record such incidents. At a panel discussion in the metropolis, on Monday, involving Unicef representatives, child psychologists, and police, experts tracked the worrying rise in children being victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying.
Although the National Criminal offenses Records Bureau doesn’t have a separate category for cyber crimes against children, studies done in the previous reveal a dark and unconcern virtual world. A 2014 survey found that one in three children and teenagers had experienced the pain of being bullied online. The same report said 45% of the children surveyed in Chennai admitted to having cyberbullied others, activities on the intelligence level or appearance.
“These numbers are worrying, especially because we know there are far more cases out there, inch said Job Zacharia, main, Unicef chapter for Chennai and Kerala. “In some instances of abuse, the child might not exactly even know he or she is being exploited, ” this individual said. Even if they are doing, they are afraid to confer with their parents. Cyber crimes against children have many forms, including sexting, cyberbullying and production and distribution of sexually specific and violent content including kids.
Officials from the cyber crime cell of CB-CID said in most cases children confide in parents, a few of whom approach authorities. “But they want the complete analysis to become a hush-hush affair. That they don’t even want all of us to join up a case because we would have to call the child to the courtroom then, ” said S Rajeswari, superintendent of law enforcement officials, CB-CID.
She said although there were strict laws and regulations such as Protection of Children from Sexual Accidents (Pocso) Act and parts of the IT Action to try these instances, families were reluctant to report. “Educational institutions need to step in and spread awareness. They are already realizing the value of the issue, and a lot has been done, very well said Rajeswari. Child specialists present at the conversation said parents also could protect children from being exposed online by keeping an eye on their online activity and having more open conversations with them. “Parents need to remind their children there is the world outdoors and help is a hand’ s reach away, “said Dr. S Ramya, a consultant psychiatrist.