Report Of Survey - Online Behaviour & Risks During Lockdown -ChildSafeNet

Report of Survey - Online Behaviour & Risks During Lockdown -ChildSafeNet

Survey on Changed Online Behaviour During COVID-19 Lockdown in Nepal

ChildSafeNet conducted a quick survey to understand cyber safety and online behaviour of children and young people as well as their parents during the lockdown. The survey findings will help ChildSafeNet and partners to design and implement cyber safety programmes, particularly during the lockdown period.

The survey was conducted in all provinces of the country using online Google forms, distributed through social media platforms. The survey, self-administered by respondents started on 17 April 2020. Results of this report includes responses collected from 17 to 21 April 2020. The survey was conducted with young children, young people and adults. Since the behaviour of adults may affect children in many ways, the survey also collected information on adults' online behaviour.

In order to make the survey anonymous, no private information of respondents was collected. A total of 1,228 respondents (648 male, 576 and 4 other) had participated in the survey.

Key Recommendations: 

 Cyber safety awareness sessions need to be conducted for children, young people and parents

through online/virtual awareness activities through social media and video conferencing sessions.

 Video conferencing workshops on 'Parenting in the Digital Age' can help to equip parents with

knowledge and skills to keep children and young people safe online. The workshops will help to

provide guidance to parents on reducing their own screen time, learn about cyber safety and lead by

example to protect children and young people from online harms.

 Educate children, young people and parents on the positive use of the internet & provide them

information on sites and apps suitable for children. Inform them about useful and suitable sites

according to their age and requirements.

 Develop simple and easy cyber safety resources in Nepali and local languages for dissemination

through online media, including, but not limited to social media.

 Operate a dedicated online helpline to provide tips, advice and support to people who experience

online harms or at risk; refer to support services - police, psychologists, lawyers, social workers, etc.

 Strengthen law enforcement to report online abuses and make reporting accessible throughout the


 Advocate for more financial and technical resources from the government, ICT companies and other

duty-bearers to make the internet safer for children, young people and everyone.


According to the survey findings, children and young people could be at a higher risk of internet

addiction, gaming addiction and exposure to adult contents. They could also be at a higher risk of online

sexual abuse and exploitation. Although the government banned pornographic sites in Nepal, more than

41 per cent respondents, including children and young people said they had visited such sites. Issues like

this also need to be addressed.

Detailed and thematic researches are required to develop in-depth knowledgebase to address the issue

of online safety of children and young people during and after the lockdown period.

About ChildSafeNet

ChildSafeNet is a non-governmental organization, established with a mission to make the digital

technology safer for children and young people. We work to raise awareness on safer use of the Internet

and digital devices to protect children and young people from Internet addiction, online sexual abuse

and exploitation, cyber-bullying, phishing, gaming addiction and to promote digital literacy.

- ChildSafeNet

Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal