A recent Microsoft study has found that over half of the Indian children who surf the Internet face cyber bullying, getting threatened or being harassed online. According to Microsoft’s ‘Global Youth Online Behavior Survey’ of 25 countries, India ranked third with 53% of respondents (children aged between 8-17) saying they have been bullied online, behind China (70%) and Singapore (58%). The survey focused on how kids are treating one another online and whether parents are addressing online behaviors. In India, the survey found that more than five in 10 children surveyed said they have experienced what adults might consider online bullying.

Globally, the survey indicated that while children want to talk to parents about the issue, only 29% of the children said their parents have talked to them about protecting themselves online. The survey said it was important for adults (parents and school officials) to discuss the issue with the children and provide guidance on how to identify and respond to a range of online behaviors from online meanness to bullying and beyond.

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