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Children’s online activities, risks and safety – report

Children’s online activities, risks and safety – report

A comprehensive literature review has been published by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. The review focused on trends and emerging issues, and the online risk of harm to children and implications for safety policy and practice. The key findings included:

  • Age is the key factor that differentiates among children’s online experiences, with gender
    also significant.
  • One in ten children to one in five young teens say they encountered something worrying or
    nasty online in the past year.
  • Children’s top worries are pornography and violence; they say they encounter these most
    often on video-sharing sites, followed by other websites, then social networking sites and
    games.
  • Children are also concerned about the levels of advertising online, their spending too much
    time online, inappropriate contacts, rumours and nastiness.
  • Top parent concerns include online violence.
  • There has been little increase or decrease in online risk in recent years, although there are
    some indications of a rise in hate and self-harm content.
  • It is not possible to determine whether the internet has increased the overall amount of risk
    children face as they grow up, or whether the internet instead provides a new location for
    risk experiences, but the nature of the internet itself surely alters and amplifies the
    consequences.

The full review is available here

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