It has been estimated that children and adolescents under the age of 18 account for one in three Internet users around the world. Adolescence is the transitional period during which children mature into young adults, and it is in this time that they acquire knowledge, develop attributes and skills, and, most important, learn to manage emotions and relationships. This also extends to their activity over the Internet and their digital identity. Most children and adolescents tend to use the Internet as a source for entertainment and information, and believe that they have a right to access it. In most cases, they are also aware of the risks of using the Internet, and have a level of consciousness about their right to privacy. However, they seem to be more concerned about their right to privacy being infringed upon by their parents or peers, rather than the State or commercial actors.

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This article was originally published by the Hindustan Times.