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ISP TalkTalk UK Blames Parents for Poor Online Behaviour by Children

Posted: 01st Feb, 2010 By: MarkJ
talktalk logoThe latest survey of 500 children aged 6-15 by broadband provider TalkTalk UK has revealed that 25% sent or have been sent inappropriate material via email and 11% have either bullied someone online or been bullied online themselves. When asked how much of their Internet behaviour they think their parents are aware of, 25% said "none".

More than six out of ten (62%) say they lie to parents about what they have been looking at online and over half (53%) delete the history on their web browser so their parents can’t see what they have been looking at. Over half (55%) of children claim they knew more about the Internet than their parents, and 47% spent 2 hours or more unsupervised online per day.

Tristia Clarke from TalkTalk commented:

"We all know there are threats in the virtual world just as there are in the real world, but it’s crucial that parents’ responses to these risks are measured and sensible. Our research underlines the need for greater communication between parents and children – it’s the best way for parents to get a sense of the likely risks to their children and therefore manage and minimise them where possible."

TalkTalk of course offers its customers a free product called Magic Desktop, which allows parents to introduce young children to a computer in a child-friendly environment and encourages families to use the Internet safely. That’s good because 5% claim to have communicated with a stranger on a webcam and 2% have actually met a stranger they first contacted online.
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