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83% of Malaysian school children vulnerable to online risks: DiGi report

AvantiKumar | Sept. 23, 2014
DiGi releases Malaysian National Survey 2014: CyberSAFE in Schools report, which reveals the current online behavourial patterns and risks of the country's school children.

In addition, the areas of adult intervention found that:

  • 50 percent of children are unsupervised when online, with close to 40 percent claiming they are not bound by any rules on safety.
  • 61 percent of the children tend to turn to their family members when encountering negative online experiences.
  • Although there are 10 reporting-channel options, there are still 6 percent of schoolchildren who chose to remain silent.
  • Families with computers in common areas of their home tend to exert more rules on cyber safety. However, this measure alone is insufficient, as an increasing number of children are accessing the internet on their mobile phones.

"The findings of this national study will help us tailor relevant programmes that not only equip the younger generation children with the right knowledge and skills, but also to inculcate good judgment and positive cyber conduct," said Norling. "Besides empowering these children to be safe online, the report also highlights the need to provide them with the right support systems by investing in capacity building initiatives for adults."

 Success of national broadband

"The success of our National Broadband Initiatives has seen more Malaysians across the nation embracing the digital lifestyle and enjoying its benefits for both business and social purposes," said Dato' Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, chairman of the national regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

"Mindful of the increasing need to safeguard them, especially schoolchildren who are the most vulnerable to threats related to internet use, MCMC has initiated the 'Klik Dengan Bijak' [Bahasa Malaysia for 'Click Wisely'] programme to support the internet safety programme in 2012," said Sharil.

"These 2014 National Survey findings will complement and add value to the current knowledge base that we collated from the Annual Household Use of the Internet survey conducted by MCMC since about a decade ago," he said. "Together, this data can be used to target internet safety awareness and public education programmes that will further help us promote a sustainable civil society where online services will provide the basis of continuing enhancements to the quality of work and life."

 CyberSecurity Malaysia: CyberSAFE

"Since its establishment in 2010, the CyberSAFE in Schools programme has extended its outreach activities to a total of 20,000 students in 2013 with 500 teachers being trained on cyber safety awareness, making it possible for them to then educate and guide schoolchildren on the challenges they face online," said Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab, chief executive officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

"This was achieved with the smart partnership that we have with the Ministry of Education as well as DiGi, who through the years have shown their dedication and enthusiasm towards this programme. This survey, which gathered critical information on habits and concerns of schoolchildren, parents' involvement in their daily online lives, including their understanding of cyber-bullying, will help develop more effective cyber safety awareness programmes and strategies moving forward. We will also see more development, coordination and joint efforts in mitigating the risks online that our schoolchildren are exposed to," he said.

DiGi's CyberSAFE in Schools programme is a smart public-private partnership formed by the Ministry of Education Malaysia, DiGi, CyberSecurity Malaysia and Childline Malaysia.

The 2014 CyberSAFE in Schools survey gathered responses of about14,000 schoolchildren nationwide who participated in the CyberSAFE in Schools workshops over a period of nine months. For more information or to download the report, please visit


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