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Nearly 70% of children exposed to cyber risks, says Child Online Safety Index

Thu 2 Nov 2023

Nearly 70% of of children and adolescents aged 8-18 worldwide have experienced at least one cyber risk in the past year, according to the DQ Institute’s 2023 Child Online Safety Index.

This alarming statistic has remained virtually unchanged since the Index began in 2018, a situation DQ Institute has dubbed a ‘persistent cyber-pandemic’.

Dr. Yuhyun Park, Founder of the DQ Institute, said: “We have witnessed seven years of consistently high exposure rates among 8-18-year-old children and youth.

Today, with the fast deployment of generative AI, the metaverse, and Extended Reality-like pervasive devices, digital technology is changing children’s lives even more, yet there is minimal discussion regarding their potential harmful effects.

Global coordinated action, akin to addressing climate challenges, is imperative, and we can no longer delay.”

The Index draws on data collected from a sample of 351,376 children spanning from 2017 to the present day.

In this latest edition, the Index introduced a four-point rating scale enabling policymakers and industry leaders to precisely identify strengths and areas for improvement in their child online safety initiatives and measures.

According to the Index, United Kingdom, Germany and China were the top performers across the dimensions.

The United Kingdom and Australia performed well in the Children’s Safe Use of Technology. India and Singapore achieved strong performance in Family Support. Meanwhile, Germany and France performed well in ICT Company Responsibility.

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