Giving parents the confidence to talk about issues of online safety could help to keep more children safe online
Our new online safety partnership with O2 launches today, as new research reveals thousands of children are potentially missing out on vital online advice and support at a crucial time in their development.
The YouGov survey of more than 2,000 parents of children aged 8 to 13 suggests a worrying 'digital delay', as parents may be postponing conversations with their kids about staying safe online.
The findings reveal that although 91% of 8 year olds use the internet at least once a week, on average parents think that children should be at least 9 before tackling issues of online safety with them.*
The study also highlighted that confidence in dealing with online issues could be key:
- Nearly a third (31%) of all parents admitted they would refer their child to another adult or sibling if they asked them questions about an issue they’d encountered online
- While one in six (16%) admitted they’re more confident giving advice to their child about staying safe in ‘real life’ compared to staying safe online.
However it’s clear from the survey that the current generation of digital natives genuinely value guidance from their parents. Of the 1,000 children surveyed whose parents had ever talked to them about online safety, nearly two thirds (60%) said that they had modified their online behaviour as a result.