Saturday 24 August 2019

Children are now spending 15 hours online each week

Josie Clarke

Children are spending an average of 15 hours a week online and are becoming increasingly trusting of what they find, a study has revealed.

The amount of time eight- to 15-year-olds spend on the internet has more than doubled over the past decade, a report on media attitudes among children and parents found.

But these so-called digital natives – children who have grown up with the internet – often lack “online nous” to decide if what they see is true or impartial.

Almost one in 10 children who go online (8pc) believe information from social media websites or apps is “all true” – up from 4pc last year.

Almost a fifth of online 12- to 15-year-olds (19pc) believe information returned by a search engine such as Google must be true, but only a third (31PC) are able to identify paid-for adverts.

Almost all children – 97pc – could recall advice they had been given about staying safe online, and 84pc said they would tell their parents, another family member or a teacher if they saw something online they found worrying, nasty or offensive.


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