Teachers’ newest online worry: ‘cyberbaiting’


Fifty-seven percent of teachers worldwide think students spend the right amount of time online at school, and 27 percent think students do not spend enough time online at school.

Globally, 24 percent of teachers said their school has no formal internet safety policy, and 12 percent of teachers do not know if their school has a formal internet safety curriculum.

Negative online experiences

Overall, almost 62 percent of kids across the world said that they have had a negative experience while online. Nearly 4 in 10–39 percent–have had a serious negative experience online, such as receiving inappropriate pictures from strangers, being bullied, or becoming the victim of cybercrime.

The more time children spend online, the more negative situations they are likely to encounter. Eighty-eight percent of children who spend 49 or more hours a week online have had a negative online experience, 76 percent of children who spend 25-48 hours online have reported a negative online experience, and 60 percent of children who spend 1-24 hours a week online reported a negative online experience.

Forty-seven percent of parents worldwide fear their kids will give out too much personal information to strangers, 44 percent fear their children are interacting with inappropriate people, and 44 percent worry their kids will be exposed to indecent information online.

Overall, 63 percent of parents talk to their kids about online safety, 34 percent have checked their child’s online use or browser history without the child’s knowledge, and 25 percent have secretly checked their child’s social networking site.

The survey was conducted in 24 countries, including 14 tracking countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan,  New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States; 10 new countries: Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Hong Kong, Mexico, South Africa, Singapore, Poland, Switzerland, and UAE.

In the tracking countries, there has been a small but encouraging decline in the number of children experiencing a negative online situation. In 2010, 62 percent of children had a negative online experience, but that dropped to 58 percent in 2011.

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