Urban Indian Kids use Mobile Internet for over 4 hours/day

BAKBD8 Students in a computer studies class at school in Hazira, near Surat. Gujarat. India.

Indian kids staying at urban locations spend over 4 hours on internet every day, most of that time is spent while browsing internet from mobile, a report stated.

The survey done by webwise, which was made public by telecom operator Telenor, stated that over 134 million kids of the age group 9 to 17 will be using internet by 2017.

“The mobile phone is the preferred access device of children and 62.4 per cent of them are spending up to 4 hours a day on the internet,” Telenor India CEO Sharad Mehrotra said while releasing findings of the Webwise survey

Webwise survey was conducted in 2015 with a sample size of 3,200 children across 10 cities in eight states. The survey indicated that 95 per cent children in the age group of 9 to 17 are accessing the internet from a range of devices today,” He added.

These comments came at the launch of Webwise – A parental guide at Safe Internet Forum. With the launch of Webwise, Telenor also stated that the company is working on making internet safer for the children in India.

“Protecting and providing a safe internet experience for children through education and guidance is a focus for Telenor. While we extend the benefits of being connected and empower our customers with affordable services, we also encourage responsible use of Internet,” Mehrotra said.

The company also announced partnership with NGO Child Helpline.

“The Telenor group globally adheres to strict guidelines towards safety of our customers online. In line with that we follow stringent norms with respect to internet safety and security across all countries,” Telenor Group’s Director Sustainability and Head of Social Responsibility Ola Jo Tandre said.

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