New European survey on children and online safety August 16, 2007Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Children, Internet, Internet Safety, New media.
How do children across Europe deal with online risks? The new Eurobarometer survey from the EU Commission has interviewed children of 9-10 and 12-14 from 29 European countries about their use of new media and online technologies. I find it assuring that the survey shows that children generally are aware of potential risks and the precautions they need to take online :
The results show that children are globally well aware of the potential online risks, such as security, viruses, access to unwanted content, identity theft and potential dangerous contact with strangers.
Unfortunately – but not surprisingly – the survey also shows that European children are reluctant to tell parents about the troubles they face online:
Even though young people know about of the risks and precautions, most would rather try to solve the problem themselves or with friends, and would talk to their parents only as a last resort in the most serious cases.