1. Digital natives know it all 

Only 36% of 9- to 16-year-olds say it is very true that they know more about the internet than their parents. This myth obscures children’s needs to develop digital skills

 

2. Everyone is creating their own content

The study showed that only one in five children had recently used a file-sharing site or created an avatar and half that number wrote a blog. Most children use the internet for ready-made content

 

3. Under 13s can’t use social networking sites

Although many sites (including Facebook) say that users must be aged at least 13, the survey shows that age limits don’t work – 38% of 9- to 12-year-olds have a social networking profile. Some argue age limits should be scrapped to allow greater honesty and protective action

 

4. Everyone watches porn online

One in seven children saw sexual images online in the past year. Even allowing for under-reporting, this myth has been partly created by media hype

 

5. Bullies are baddies

​The study shows that 60% who bully (online or offline) have themselves been bullied. Bullies and victims are often the same people

 

6. People you meet on the internet are strangers

Most online contacts are people who children know face-to-face. 9% met offline people they’d first contacted online – most didn’t go alone and only 1% had a bad experience

 

7. Offline risks migrate online

This is not necessarily true. While children who lead risky offline lives are more likely to expose themselves to danger online, it cannot be assumed that those who are low-risk offline are protected while online

 

8. Putting the PC in the living room will help

Children find it so easy to go online at a friend’s house or on a smart phone that this advice is out of date. Parents are better advised to talk to their children about their internet habits or join them in some online activity

 

9. Teaching digital skills reduces online risk

Actually the more digital skills a child has, the more risks they are likely to encounter as they broaden their online experience. What more skills can do is reduce the potential harm that risks can bring

 

10. Children can get around safety software

In fact, fewer than one in three 11- to 16-year-olds say they can change filter preferences and most say their parents’ actions to limit their internet activity is helpful

 

For further information, check out www.saferinternetday.ie

These tips were thanks to Webwise

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