Children and the internet — keeping them safe

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By Chandni Rani

The latest figures show that an increasing number of young children are savvier about the internet than their parents and easily circumvent internet filters that have been put in place by their parents. Baroness Howe’s Online Safety Bill goes some way in addressing this problem by proposing to impose compulsory internet filters on all internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile phone operators (MPOs).

A report carried out by Ofcom earlier this year revealed that many children — 18 per cent of 12- to 15-year-olds — know how to disable internet filters put in place by their parents to block inappropriate content. Forty-two per cent of the same age group know how to delete their browsing history and 29 per cent know how to go online in privacy mode.

Worryingly, almost half (44 per cent) of parents with eight- to 11-year-old children say their child’s knowledge of the internet is superior to theirs. This figure rises to 63 per cent for parents of 12- to 15-year-old children…

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