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THE INTERNET IS A
POWERFUL TOOL - BUT
AS CHILDREN GET MORE
NEED TO GET INVOLVED
IN THEIR DIGITAL LIVES
arents can sometimes ﬁnd it
difﬁcult to keep up with the
latest apps, websites and online
games that children are using.
And, in a world where children are
'growing up digital', it's particularly
difﬁcult to keep up with your kids and
bridge the knowledge gap.
Internet Matters' research* shows
that six-year-olds are now as digitally
advanced today as 10-year-olds were
just three years ago. Nearly half of sixyear-olds are browsing the internet and
75% are playing games individually on a
tablet or smartphone - and one in three
is using an instant messaging service
such as WhatsApp.
Carolyn Bunting, general manager
at Internet Matters, says: 'While the
statistics around six-year-olds and their
internet habits might be surprising to
some, it shows the rapid pace of change
in technology and how vital it is for
parents to set up devices safely and
understand some of the risks involved
when a child goes online.'
To some people this may not come
as too much of a surprise. After all,
these days children are growing up
with the internet all around them.
It is perhaps the greatest innovation
of this era and it offers children endless
possibilities to learn, communicate
and create - but with that comes the