Children increasingly exposed to predators and cult groups while learning online: study » Capital News

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 10 – At least 6% of children with internet access have shared their naked images with other internet users, mostly predators, according to a new study.

According to the report released Thursday by the Ministry of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizen Affairs and Special Programs, 6% of children reached in the study confirmed having shared images or videos in the past year. elapsed.

Additionally, 14% of kids confirmed they had met someone in person after first meeting them online in the past year.

“While these images are most often shared voluntarily among peers and close friends, seven children shared nude images following threats and six said they had been pressured by friends,” the End report funded. Violence Against Children, a public-private collaboration. including governments, UN agencies, research institutes and international NGOs.

The report which assessed 1,014 internet users further stated that two-thirds of children using the internet have not learned how to stay safe online.

He also pointed to a growing risk in children exposed to the internet through online learning platforms.

“In a world that is increasingly shaped by the rapid evolution and adoption of digital technologies, the internet is a tool for children to engage in a very empowering way, but it is also a double-edged sword. , hence the need for a strategy for proper use of the internet for good and at the same time be aware of the dangers the internet poses,” said Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia, commenting on the ministry’s findings.

The report lists blackmail, hacking, cybercrime, drug abuse, kidnapping and joining cults among the risks children face on online platforms.

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The report noted an increase in the number of children available online with the introduction of online learning following the COVID-19 outbreak cited as a major contributor to the trend.

According to the report, learners were often exposed to other online platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Messenger and Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, which are most popular among young people.

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