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Circulation of false news, fraud and offensive content are the subjects of greatest concern to Argentines when surfing the web, an area in which more than half of the people suffered situations of violence, according to the results of a survey published today, on Safe Internet Day.
Microsoft's study in 22 countries (which included surveys of 500 people in Argentina) showed that 75% of Argentines worry about fake news and other deceptions, a characteristic of local citizenship far above the overall average of 57%.
Beyond what people perceive, 53% of respondents reported having experienced virtual violence (moderate to severe), especially young women and adolescent girls (55%), although to a lesser extent than the overall average (61%).
The study considered unwanted contact, unwanted sexting, online harassment, cyberbullying or misogyny, situations to which 55% of women were exposed.
Another important fact in the research is that of the relationship with people who practice abuse or virtual harassment; although “it is common to consider that online threats come from unknown people” who are protected by the anonymity provided by the Internet, “in many cases this experience involves someone known”.
The survey found that only 38% of the abusers are completely unknown to the victims, 41% are friends or family and 31% are known people, but only online.
Of the 250 adolescents who answered the questions in Argentina, 73% said they had asked their parents or other known adults for help whenever they faced an unpleasant situation on the web.
The relationship between boys and the risks of the web was the focus of a Google study, also released today, according to which parents agree that from the age of 10 children should learn about online safety.
Ninety-six per cent of parents agree that such education should be introduced to children throughout the country, although pursuing that desire is at least one major stumbling block: 82 per cent of teachers believe that they need more resources to teach on the subject.
“ While it is necessary for adults to be able to take control and learn to defend themselves against these threats, it is also necessary that they have the knowledge and tools to be able to teach young children good digital habits,” says the report by Google Argentina, with surveys of 400 people.
It is detailed that 44% of parents said they saw their children watching inappropriate content while browsing the web, while a similar figure (42%) responded that their children had shared more information on social networks.
Similarly, 27% had been scammed by a mail or a malicious site, 17% had been hacked into an account and 15% had been the victim of cyberbullying.
For the search engine company, the two most common threats to the security of Internet users are the vulnerability of their credentials (passwords, addresses, financial information) and malware.
Publication Date: 11/02/2019
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