‘More women ex­pe­ri­ence cy­ber­bul­ly­ing’

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Hor Kim­say

TWENTY-six per cent of Cam­bo­dian in­ter­net users aged be­tween 15 and 65 years have ex­pe­ri­enced on­line ha­rass­ment while us­ing so­cial me­dia plat­forms, says a re­port re­leased by Sri Lanka-based in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy pol­icy think tank LIRNEa­sia.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the term “on­line ha­rass­ment” in­cludes five dif­fer­ent types – be­ing called of­fen­sive names, pur­pose­fully em­bar­rassed or crit­i­cised in some way, phys­i­cally threat­ened, sex­u­ally ha­rassed and ap­proached re­peat­edly by un­wanted con­tacts.

LIRNEa­sia said 2,100 house­holds and in­di­vid­u­als from 100 vil­lages in 25 prov­inces in Cam­bo­dia were sur­veyed from Septem­ber to Oc­to­ber last year.

The sam­pling method­ol­ogy was de­signed to en­sure the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the tar­get group at a na­tional level with a 95 per cent con­fi­dence in­ter­val. The sur­vey has a 3.3 per cent mar­gin of er­ror.

Its CEO He­lani Gal­paya told re­porters on Wed­nes­day that 26 per cent of Cam­bo­dian in­ter­net users ex­pe­ri­enc­ing on- line ha­rass­ment was cause for con­cern.

She added that the is­sue must be ad­dressed with rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers, par­tic­u­larly the sec­tor’s reg­u­la­tors, in or­der to boost aware­ness on ef­fec­tive meth­ods of safe­guard­ing in­ter­net use.

The re­port also shows on­line ha­rass­ment was higher among women at 29 per cent, ver­sus 23 per cent for men in Cam­bo­dia.

Min­istry of Posts and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­re­tary of state Kan Chan­metta said on Wed­nes­day: “The find­ing could be used as our ba­sis, our bench­mark, for fu­ture use in our pol­icy-mak­ing.”

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