E-Safety – Did you know?

Do you ever worry that your child is becoming more computer savvy than you? If so, you are not alone. A report published a few years ago stated that the average 6 year-old child knows more about digital technology than a 45 year-old adult! This is quite a scary thought and one that we must address if we are to continue to safeguard the children in our care.

The Safety Ofcom Report 2015 has published new statistics for the use of technology and the internet.

Take a look at the following statistics: 

75% of children aged 5-15 have use of a hand-held tablet at home (not including mobile phones).

69% of 5-15 year olds regularly go online using tablets (there is no way of ‘filtering’ searches on a tablet – be aware what your child is accessing online as well as where they are accessing it). 

28% of 3-4 year olds regularly play games on the internet.

51% of of 3-4 year olds tend to use a tablet to go online as opposed to any other way.

28% of 8-11 year olds have a smartphone (do you know what apps your children are regularly playing on, who they are chatting to and what they are searching for on the internet?).

12% of 8-11 year olds think that ALL the information they read online is TRUE! It is important that we educate our children that not everything they read online is accurate.

21% of 8-11 year olds have some kind of social media profile.

There are so many websites with information about E-safety out there  – click this link to find out information about a new e-safety app for parents and children:

http://www.internetmatters.org/hub/esafety-news/new-e-safety-app-for-parents-and-children/