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SE Asian nations among worst in the world for child exposure to online abuse

SOUTHEAST Asian nations are among the worst in the world for child exposure to online abuse and cyber-risks, according to a new report from an international think tank. The new 2018 Impact Report from DQ Institute found that 73 percent of 8 to 12 year olds in the Philippines are exposed to cyber-risks, coming second only to Oman as the worst of the 29 countries surveyed. Indonesian children were also at risk, with 71 percent experiencing at least one major cyber-risk, including cyberbullying, video game addiction, offline meetings, and online sexual behaviours. In Vietnam, 68 percent were at risk. SEE ALSO: China taking steps to loosen its regulations around digital content While Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore performed better, the number of children at risk was still high at 60 percent, 57 percent, and 54 percent respectively. The report, released Wednesday, examines the precarious status of children’s exposure to cyber-risks worldwide, seeks to understand how...

 

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