Shocking statistics released by UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) confirm the risks posed to children online. If you’re children use social media or play games online please check out my article on Stay Safe Online: How To Educate and Help Protect Your Children.
1) – 21% of UK children say they have been bullied and 8% say this occurred on the internet.
2) – 11% of children in the UK have encountered sexual images online and 12% of 11-16-year-olds have received them.
3) – 29% of children in the UK have had online contact with people they had not met before.
4) – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) receives more than 600 reports of grooming a month.
5) – 12% of 8-11-year-olds and 24% of 12-15-year-olds say that they use social networking sites to communicate with people not directly known to them.
6) – 12% of children have experienced data misuses such as identity theft or somebody using their personal information in a way they didn’t like.
7) – 13% of 12-15-year-olds are happy to share their email with ‘friends of friends’ or ‘anyone’. Children are happier to share photos and feelings online compared to sharing personal contact details.
8) – 45% of 12-15-year-olds claim to understand how search engines operate but one-third say they think all search engine information is truthful.
9) – Around 25% of 8-15-year-olds with a social networking profile have it set to open, either to anyone or to friends and their friends.
10) – 19% of UK 11-16-year-old internet users have seen one or more type of potentially harmful user-generated content, rising to 32% of 14-16-year-old girls.
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