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The changing trends in the way parents and children use the internet in UK

The changing trends in the way parents and children use the internet in UK

Take a look at the latest research that conducted, alongside other great pieces of research highlighting the changing trends in the way parents and children use the internet.

The research focuses on how parents and children use technology and how e-safety issues and awareness is changing the way they interact with the internet.

They have commissioned CHILDWISE to carry out a UK-wide study to explore the use and understanding of technology amongst children aged 7-17, and parents of children this age.

The research revealed a number of key findings including, the increasing gap between parents and children online and the fact that children are spending significantly longer online than their parents, with girls using smartphone on average 4 hours a day.

More e-safety research

  • CyberSafe:

This research was commission to support the creation of Internet Matters in 2013. Based on the finding that 74% of parents wanted more information and advice about online safety, the four Internet Service Providers, BT, TalkTalk, Sky and Virgin Media, develop an information campaign to help parents keep their children safe online.

  • Back to school survey 2015

They surveyed 1,000 parents in the UK with children aged 8-11 years old to find out what they thought about what age children should be using smartphones. The survey revealed the majority of parents (84.6%) would like a minimum age for smartphone ownership in the UK – with age 10 being the most popular minimum age.

  • Tech knowledge research

How children use mobile devices at school and at home – In September 2015, it was carried out by Tech knowledge for Schools and research agency Family Kids & Youth who interviewed over 7,000 pupils in 31 mobile device-using schools to better understand how young people are using mobile devices at school and at home.

  • Ofcom report 2015

This Ofcom report examines children’s media literacy. It provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15, as well as information about the media access and use of young children aged 3-4. It also includes findings relating to parents’ views about their children’s media use.

  • EU Kids online

Titled “How parents of young children manage digital devices at home: The role of income, education and parental style“, the report examines the cross-national variations in how actively engaged parents are in their children’s online activities.

  • FOSI Research

The report “Parents, Privacy & Technology Use”, commissioned by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), evaluates parents’ opinions and views on the role of technology in their child’s life. It reveals that the large majority of parents believe technology has a positive effect on their child’s future, career and life skills (78%) and creativity (64%).



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