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Excess exposure to internet making children vulnerable

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Kathmandu, September 14, 2017: The increasing use of information and technology has been found posing risk to children, including sexual abuse.
Speaking at a program organized by Voice of Children in the capital on Wednesday, information was shared that incidents of child sexual abuse have increased due to use of social sites including Facebook, viber and twitter, as well as while playing games using internet.
Program coordinator of Voice of Children Kriti Bhattarai said children have fallen victims to incidents of sexual abuse in recent period due to wrong use of technology, making friendhip with unknown persons, posting unnecessary photos and information, among others.
The organisation had recently carried out a survey on 400 children from 10 years to 18 years of Kathmandu valley in this regard. Of them 72 per cent children were founding using social sites and two-third of them spending around four hours a day on social sites.
The survey also found that many children were looking for pornographic sites and sharing it with their peers.
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