Saturday 20 January 2018

Over 60pc of Irish children using smartphones and tablets - survey

Irish teenagers are hiding their online behaviour from their parents - photo posed
Irish teenagers are hiding their online behaviour from their parents - photo posed

NEW research shows that 62pc of children aged between 4 and 11 are now using internet devices like smartphones and tablets.

But over half, or 56pc, believe it’s ok to look at any videos and photos online, the Vodafone research showed highlighting grey areas for children around the internet mainly around security.

In addition, 37pc of parents surveyed said they are not given enough support when it comes to teaching their children about internet safety.

The research was commissioned to mark the launch of Vodafone’s new ‘Digital Facts of Life’ initiative to teach children about online safety, featuring the hugely popular characters, the Moshi Monsters.

Packs of specially designed Moshi Monster cards will be available in Vodafone’s 117 retail outlets this Christmas.

The initiative also offers a range of online supports for parents including advice and tips as well as a special parental control app for their children’s  Android Smartphone.

“The research also reveals a clear need for more support and resources for parents,” said Natalie Hodgess, Vodafone Ireland Foundation.

“We have developed a range of resources which parents can access at vodafone.com/parents,” she said.

“It includes advice for parents about the different age groups as well as tips on setting up parental controls across all devices.  Parents can also download our special Vodafone Safety Net app which will enable them to manage their child’s Smartphone by providing protection from inappropriate calls, messages and online content,” she added.

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