Released on the day of Safe Internet Day, the study points out that “the increasing number of threats that children encounter online is now having a negative effect.”
Two thirds of the children surveyed in a European study admitted being afraid to use the Internet for fear that a stranger to the bully, ask them to do something illegal or can access.
The survey, sponsored by computer security firm Kaspersky Lab and developed by Opinion Matters, involved 5000 children between the ages of 10 and 15 residing in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Benelux.
Released on the day that marks the Safer Internet Day, the study points out that “the increasing number of threats that children face online is now having negative effects”, with 67% of children “to admit they are afraid or are concerned when they are online . “
Data reveal that 29% of children said they were afraid that a stranger might intimidate them, while 23% confessed they were afraid that an unknown person would ask them to do something that they are not comfortable with.
Already 22% fear that a stranger ask them to do something illegal and 21% that unknown people can access information they put online even after they have deleted.