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Almost half kids accessed internet porn over the school holidays

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You know what they say about idle hands and the Christmas holidays made for plenty of mischief; almost half of Australia’s children under 18 years of age attempted to access pornography during the 2018–19 school holidays.

The rates of porn searches were quite even across all the age groups, troublingly 43% of kids aged 0–8 accessed porn, 45% of 8–12-year-olds, 56% of 12–15-year-olds and 51% of 15–18-year-olds did the same.

Data collected by cyber safety group, Family Zone show that children would have been exposed to pornography either deliberately or inadvertently as they spent up to 28 hours a week online during the holiday period.

Tim Levy, Family Zone MD said “Our data show that our children are facing unprecedented dangers online, even if they are only viewing seemingly harmless content.

“Younger children aren’t generally searching for inappropriate material on the internet; their first exposure usually comes innocently, while they are watching or interacting with sites and apps that parents think are safe. That’s why parental controls are so important; they allow parents to manage their child’s screen time automatically."

Cyber experts report increasing concerns of parents about the quantity and quality of their children’s online activities and many have no idea how to control and limit their kids’ devices.


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