Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are popular among youth but the ‘hidden matter’ within is the biggest malice affecting children’ said Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, according to a PTI report.
He was addressing ‘International Cyber Security and Policing Conference’ in Thiruvananthapuram, India, on Friday(03).
He said that social networking sites have become a major problem in the country and if not used with control, could have ‘disastrous’ results on the younger generation.
The Chief Minister , quoting a survey said the average time spent by 33 per cent of children on the web is about 60 minutes, while around six per cent spent more than six hours. “This rise in number of users has also seen a rise in cybercrime activities, particularly those targeted towards children,” he said, according to the report.
The Minister stressed that children and women are most vulnerable in cyber related crimes. Crimes like pornography, cyber stalking, cyber cheating and hacking are primarily used against women, adding ‘most of this happens due to lack of awareness and poor cyber security measures adopted’.