Survey: Delhi children face intense cyberbullying threat
Police warn that harassment via social media can lead to serious crimes
A Delhi Police survey has found that about 60% of young people using social media in the capital are at risk of being subjected to cyberbullying.
Officials said cyberbullying often leads to serious crimes, including stalking, molestation and rape. Most of these cases involve students at the capital’s private schools, where they are easily accessible via social media groups, India Today reported.
“More than 90% of school students are using social media, and Facebook has emerged as the leader followed by WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat,” Delhi Police spokesperson Madhur Verma was quoted as saying.
The study was conducted as part of Delhi Police’s cybersafety awareness program at more than 400 schools. Students were asked if they had ever been subjected to cyberbullying and how they would react in such situations, the report said.