Microsoft: Majority have been exposed to some online risks – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News
KUCHING: Microsoft’s latest Digital Civility Index (DCI) has revealed that 56 per cent of the Malaysian population have been exposed to or encountered some form of online risk.
Microsoft released its second Annual DCI in conjunction with Safer Internet Day. The DCI is a survey that examines people’s attitudes and perceptions about online behaviour and interactions.
The survey is conducted in 23 countries around the world and has included Malaysia this year.
The results of the survey are based on interviews with teens ages 13 to 17 and adults ages 18 to 74 who were asked about their experiences and encounters with 20 different online risks.
These online risks are then categorised within four umbrellas; behavioral risk such as online harassment, intrusive risk such as unwanted contact, sexual risk such as unwanted sexting and reputational risk such as doxxing.
Based on the DCI survey, 56 per cent of the Malaysian population have been exposed to or encountered some form of online risk and 66 per cent stated that they have had family members of friends experience an online risk.
The top five risks that Malaysians have been exposed to, based on the DCI study, included: 30 per cent experiencing unwanted sexting (received or sent), 28 per cent been exposed to online harassment, 22 per cent experiencing trolling, 20 per cent been exposed to a hoax, scam and/or a fraud and 18 per cent experiencing unwanted contact.
According to the survey, teenagers are the most exposed to online risks. They are the least likely to pause before replying to something they disagree with and are the most likely to stand up for someone else alongside millennials (aged 18 to 34).
As a result, teenagers are they most exposed to the consequences of online risks and are more likely than adults to become depressed or stressed. Malaysians who have experienced harassment online often become lest trusting of people online (49 per cent) and offline (33 per cent). These consequences were higher for females and teens than males and adults.
The next question was “who is responsible for these online risks?”. Many of these perpetrators have been named as people that the target knew. 29 per cent of Malaysians state that they know the perpetrator personally as a family member, friend or acquaintance.
The survey also shows that familiarity with a perpetrator in real life also carries with is adverse consequences. 48 per cent of Malaysians who have met their perpetrator in real life, have lost sleep as a result and are also twice as likely to become depressed.
On the bright side, most Malaysian have reported that they treat other people with respect and dignity. Malaysians were less likely to stand up for themselves or others before replying to something they disagreed with compared with the global averages.
Millennials have also been identified as having the highest civil behaviour as defined by the Microsoft Digital Civility Challenge announced in 2017.
Microsoft is proud to have taken the initiative on the realm of cyber safety and security. It goes hand in hand with Microsoft’s mission to empower every person on the planet to achieve more and in this case, to create awareness for internet users around the globe about the importance of being civil online.
It is hoped that by using the data provided in the DCI, internet users will be more united and begin playing a part in creating a better internet for everyone, in particular the youngest users out there.