Over Half of 8-12 year olds in Nepal Exposed to Cyber-Risks

Significantly higher risk for those active on social media via mobile

The DQ Institute published its inaugural DQ Impact Report today that summarizes the current state of online child safety and digital citizenship, based on a multi-nation study that included 38,000 8-12 year olds across 29 countries.

The report reveals that 58% of 8-12 year old children in Nepal are exposed to one or more cyber-risks such as cyberbullying, video game addiction, online grooming and online sexual behaviours when using online platforms. The most prevalent cyber-risk for children in Nepal was found to be cyberbullying (49%) followed by online sexual behaviours (26%) and meeting online strangers (15%).

Globally, the cyber-risk exposure for children of this age group is of 56%, which grows particularly acute when children own a mobile phone and actively engage in social media. In such cases, children have a 20% higher likelihood of cyber-risk exposure and have 12 more hours of screen time per week than children who do not own mobile phones. Full results of the report can be found at https://www.dqinstitute.org/2018DQ_Impact_Report/

DQ Impact Report published in the following media.

  1. The Himalayan Times 
  2. My Republica 
  3. The Kathmandu Post 
  4. Media For Freedom