Report finds nearly 30% of children give out personal information online

Report finds nearly 30% of children give out personal information online

A new report has found that 29 per cent of children under the age of 13 have given out personal information online.

The report comes following a partnership of O2 and the NSPCC as they relaunch Net Aware, a platform designed for parents to better educate about apps, sites and games, along with safeguarding methods and tips.

The survey asked 2,000 children aged from eight to 13 about their behaviour online. Of those surveyed, the report found that almost a quarter publically shared their email address, eight per cent shared their phone number, and some revealed their home address.

Additionally, 25 per cent revealed the name of their pets and 24 per cent said the school they attend. While this information may be innocuous compared to contact information, it can be used to answer security questions.

It also found that from a list of 36 apps, the platforms most frequented were YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat and gaming platform Roblox.

37 per cent said they believe their parents understand how YouTube works as a platform, dropping below 10 per cent for Snapchat and Roblox.

Safety first

The survey found that 82 per cent of parents told their children the importance of wearing a seatbelt and 81 per cent discuss the importance of saying no to situations they don't want to do, but 65 per cent of parents do not check who their children are talking to online.

“Apps and social media are a brilliant way of keeping in touch with friends and making you feel less alone, but it’s vital that parents understand and talk to their kids about the potential dangers too," said O2 chief of staff Ann Pickering.

“We launched the Net Aware website with the NSPCC so that parents can learn about the latest social networks, sites and games, and we’re very proud to announce that we’ve now expanded the platform with even more up-to-date advice, information and top tips from our O2 Gurus.”

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