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UK Children Go Online - Final report of key project findings

UK Children Go Online has made an investigation of 9-19 year olds´ and their use of the internet. The study balances an assessment of online risks and opportunities in order to contribute to developing academic discussions and policy frameworks for children and young person’s internet use.

The final report of key project findings is based on a national UK survey conducted with 1,511 children and young persons together with a survey administered to 906 of their parents. A series of focus group interviews and observations focusing on the children’s habits by their use of the internet led to the findings and recommendations of UK Children Go Online.

The home access of the internet is growing: so have 75% of the 9-19 year olds accessed the internet from a computer at home. They are mainly divided between daily (41%) and weekly (43%) users. 48 % of them spend between 30 and 60 minutes a day mostly for searching and homework.
Parents are often underestimating children´s negative experiences. So have one third of the 9-19 year old daily and weekly users received unwanted sexual (31%) or nasty comments (33%) online, while only 7% of the parents are aware that their child has received sexual comments and 4% that their child has been bullied online. Even 46% of the survey children said that they have given out personal information to someone they met online.
UK Children Go Online found out, that more skilled young persons do not naturally avoid the risks. Their risky encounters increased with increased their use of the internet.

Get more information from this website:
http://www.children-go-online.net


Available on the website since July 31, 2007
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