NEW DELHI: Being teased over a Facebook post, online abuse due to a malicious SMS or MMS,cybertrolling . Armed with access to mobile phones, an increasing number of children from middle-class homes are turning to the 24-hour emergency response service Childline with their cyber woes .
The national children’s helpline–set up to address concerns of children in distress– has seen an upsurge of calls related to social media and cyber-bullying in recent months. Children dial 1098 to complain about classmates on social media, parents for not giving them toys or attention and about parental discord. The helpline estimates it will receive 5,000 such complaints just in 2016-17.