Kyrgyzstan: Adolescents feel safe on the internet
In Kyrgyzstan, new tools are developed for teens to find support to face online risks.
BISHKEK, 23 March 2017 – In Kyrgyzstan, 60 percent of adolescents are confident with their own ability to stay safe while using the internet according to the results obtained from the M-report survey conducted by the National Institute for Strategic Studies and UNICEF. 462 respondents took part in the M-report survey representing all 40 districts in the country. According to the survey, 41 per cent of respondents believe they can avoid online dangers, exploitation and violence. Almost half of them (42 per cent) believe they are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online, while 32 per cent disagree.
“In Kyrgyzstan, teenagers and parents can call 111 Child Helpline to get psychological support and counselling, including advice about internet safety.”
Also, 46 per cent of respondents believe they can tell when people are lying about who they are online. The majority (73 per cent) knows what to do if they encounter any danger online.
In Kyrgyzstan, boys trust less other people they meet online (17 per cent) compared with girls (32 per cent)ls. In addition, girls trust parents and share their concerns regarding online safety. Also, 59 per cent of boys compared to 40 per cent of girls believe they can tell when people are lying about who they are online.
“In Kyrgyzstan, teenagers and parents can call 111 Child Helpline to get psychological support and counselling, including advice about internet safety,” - emphasized Munir Mammadzade, Chief Child Protection, UNICEF Kyrgyzstan.
Last year, UNICEF released the report, Perils and Possibilities: Growing up online, which is based on an international opinion poll of more than 10,000 18-year-olds from 25 countries, and discusses young people’s perspectives on the risks they face growing up in an increasingly connected world. According to the report, eight out of ten 18-year-olds believe that young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online, and more than five out of 10 think friends participate in risky behaviours while using the Internet. When online threats do occur, more adolescents turn to friends than parents or teachers, but less than half strongly agree they know how to help a friend facing an online risk.
«М-report» is an innovative tool for youth to share their views and opinions on issues that are important to them, for free, by SMS and online. It was launched in Kyrgyzstan by UNICEF in cooperation with the National Institute for Strategic Studies in 2016.
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