A new study found that a quarter of parents are concerned that their children’s relationship with the Internet is unhealthy, and it also revealed statistics about children’s interaction with the Internet in the West, according to the Arab Portal for Technical News report.
The study, released by Mozilla and YouGov, surveyed nearly 4,000 parents in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and more, and looked at children’s Internet usage habits, as well as parental controls set by families. .
This study follows recent changes to the UK’s Online Safety Act, which include the use of artificial intelligence technology to check the age of visitors to websites displaying sexual content.
And the UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom, recently found that a third of children were able to access such immoral content by lying about their age.
In terms of usage, 15% of UK children spend up to 10 hours a day online and up to 75% use the internet for gaming and watching videos.
And 52% of UK children spend between 2 to 4 hours on the Internet per day, and the average age at which these children start using the Internet is six years, but 40% of parents offer the Internet to them at the age of five, and in Germany and France the average is higher at 7 and 8 years, respectively.--
Many parents in the UK said they are not confident that their children can adequately protect themselves online, and 64% of them said they have set parental controls to restrict content. Moreover, 71% of them are concerned about the types of content their children can see. And 31% of them believe that the Internet is completely unsafe.-
Key concerns for parents include: inappropriate content at 71%, online predators at 53% and cyberbullying at 46%, with regards to the latter being highest for parents with children between the ages of 10-13.
And 54% of parents in the UK were concerned about tracking data on their children, which is lower than respondents from other countries.
However, 94% of parents in the UK do not believe that big tech companies have the best interests of their children in mind when creating products.
Kaushal Amlani, Global Competition and Regulatory Adviser at Mozilla, said: “The Online Safety Act is a good first step in tackling harmful misinformation, but it must be implemented in an effective manner by increasing oversight of content moderation decisions and holding social media companies accountable.