20% of 5-year-olds using internet unsupervised

New research reveals worrying statistics

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The number of children who access the internet on computers in their bedrooms has doubled in two years.

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Research carried out by Ofcom found that one in five children aged between 5 and 7 use the internet without an adult in the room.

35% of children aged 12-15 now have internet access in their bedrooms, and this figure has risen by 15% since 2007.

The report also discovered a third of 8-11 year olds use the internet on their own, and more than one in ten parents didn’t know internet controls were possible.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) said the speed of change in technology means parents have a greater task in monitoring their children.

“A few years ago, we would have said it was important to keep the computer in the family room. But now in light of new technology and mobile phones, the advice is to educate yourselves and your children about what the internet can bring and keep safe,” said a spokeswoman.

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If you’re concerned about internet safety for your child, have a look at our helpful guide.

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