January 27, 2022

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During the epidemic, bullying has increased and children’s contact with sexual content has increased

The pandemic has also affected children and teens’ contact with sexual content, and 61 percent of children admitted it. This follows a survey conducted by the National Coordination Center for Addressing Violence against Children (NCC) at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (MoLSAEO) of the Slovak Republic. The center conducted the survey in June, and looked at 1,423 children and adolescents in Slovakia between the ages of 9 and 17. It is also related to their free time or information about the epidemic. This was reported to a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Labor, Michaela Slivkova-Kirchakova.

The age group of 9-11 is most affected when bullying, face to face bullying remains the most common form. However, bullying does not avoid online space either, and the difference between boys and girls is only in the type of virtual environment. While boys are often bullied in online games, girls are faced with social media. The most common one is sending.disgusting and unpleasant” Messages. Victims of bullying talk about their experiences with a peer, but 29 percent do not talk to anyone about them.

The pandemic has also affected children and teens’ contact with sexual content. Up to 61 percent of 11-17 year olds said they had seen some sexual content in the past year. Boys are more likely to experiment than girls, especially on the Internet. Almost a third of children and young adults watched this content on a porn site at least once a week. One third of the children received some sexual message (text, picture or video), in the 15-17 year old group almost half were. In addition, 29 percent of girls and 12 percent of boys said that someone asked them for intimate information on the Internet, even though they did not want to answer such questions. NKS research has also confirmed that if a parent does not control the internet and technology use, the digital space is a dangerous environment for children.

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NKS research has also focused on obtaining information about COVID-19. They get it most often from television, radio, the Internet, especially social networks, but also from parents. The survey also covered leisure. The most active abroad are in eastern Slovakia, and the least active in Bratislava. More than half of them do sports or any other physical activity, boys play more than girls. Nearly three-quarters of all children (74 percent) and teens regularly help their families with work, chores, or care for someone. This is more about girls than boys.