More than half of children talk to strangers online: IFT

In Mexico, major risks to which they are exposed boys, girls and teenagers on fixed and mobile internet are inappropriate/misleading content: 50%, talk to strangers: 34.5% and cyberbullying: 20.3%, according to the report of the “2022 First Survey, User of Telecommunications Services” presented by the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT).

The study reveals that in mobile phone, The main risks to which children and adolescents are exposed when using the Internet are inappropriate/deceptive content: 51.8%, talking to strangers: 22.5% and extortion: 14.8%. 18% know that their mobile phone provider offers some kind of parental control tool.

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Given these data, Civilian Council for Security and Justice in Mexico City, through its president Salvador Guerrero Cyprusreported that he had a Decalogue to strengthen and encourage cyber security and it is recommended, among other things, to enable two-step verification, have strong passwords, do not share personal data, report theft of inappropriate information, for everything related to minors and sexual content.

“Encourage and encourage a a culture of cyber prevention is essential to reduce digital vulnerabilities and put padlocks on virtual accesses, as we close the door of our home to strangers”, said the chairman of the Civic Council of the capital.

The Citizens’ Council recommended to parents take these actions to prevent their children from becoming victims of human trafficking:

• Set usage rules, such as how long they can use the Internet, what pages they can visit, etc.

• Use parental controls.

• Talk to them about their experiences, get them to share with you if something makes them feel uncomfortable.

• Talk to your kids about dating someone they met online.

• Make sure they don’t use their full names.

• Talk to them about the importance of not giving out information that could identify them, such as the type of school they attend or their recreational activities.

• Warn your children about using pictures on the Internet, especially those that may provide information about the environment they live in, such as street names or places they visit.

• Tell them never to share intimate photos.

• Tell them that any information they put online can be viewed by anyone, so they should be careful what they share.

What other data does the IFT study show?

The 60.8% of the respondents mention that at some point they went up with a boy, a girl and a teenager risks on the internet and how they can be safe when using it. only 24.2% know that your fixed internet provider offers you some parental control tool.

The main devices your kids use to surf the internet are Smartphone: 73.2%on tablet: 30.2% and on laptop: 29.8%. 30.9% mention that their children use internally more than five hours a day. Average 6 hours and 10 minutes.

THE 62.2% I indicate that it is fulfilled parental control measure; such as time control use and lock on websites, social media, device functions. 26.2% mention using some sort of parental control tool; Among the most mentioned are Google Family Y Microsoft security.

The study reveals the main findings regarding perception, knowledge and use of parental controls to avoid the risks you may face minors surfing the Internet and keep them safe when using this service.

According to the organization Internet Matters, the role of Parenting control is to help children and adolescents have safe use of the Internet to minimize the risks the goblins face. However, its efficiency is not 100%, so communication between parents and their daughters and sons is very important.

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51.1% of the respondents indicated that their children have mobile phone own with Internet access Y social media. 28.1% share that their children use the Internet through their mobile phone more than five hours a day. The average is 6 hours and 31 minutes.

62.7% indicated that they fulfilled parental control measures such as: controlling usage time and blocking web pages, social networks and device functions.

How do you deal with insider risks for your children?

According to the people who participated, the actions they take to address online risks differ in two ways:

The the most fearful parents It tends to be stricter they set time limits, try to be more vigilant about using the Internet when their children have to use it. Some use parental control tools to block certain content.

The more relaxed parents and those without children tended to take action based on creating an environment of trust with it, they did not mention that they would monitor its use. They do not want to instill fear in them and see the most distant risks.

What are parental controls?

The organization Internet Matters mentions this parenting control are the names of a group of settings that allow you to control what content your child can see. Combined with privacy settings, this can help protect your children from inappropriate content, online manipulation, cyberbullying and other online security issues.

More than nine out of ten parents of children aged 5 to 15 who use software on Parenting control they find it useful. 65% of youth between the ages of 11 and 16 are in favor of control. Meanwhile, 15% of teens say they control and parental restrictions only should be removed after they are over 18 years old.

Methodological considerations of the study

The research period of IFT’s “First Survey 2022, User of Telecommunication Services” was conducted by 24 November to 22 December 2021. The target audience are telecommunications users 18 years and over. The sample includes at least 50% of users with some type of disability.

The application of the Fixed Internet and Pay TV questionnaire interviews consisted of a face-to-face survey with a probability-random sampling model based on Census of Residential Population 2020 on INEGI. The sample of these services is compiled from 5904 people were surveyed. The lifting of the same was carried out in the city of 32 countries. With a confidence level of 95%.

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