CyberSafeIreland releases its 4th Annual Report
Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor is launching CyberSafeIreland’s 4th annual report today, Tuesday 10th September 2019, with data showing that 12% of 8-year olds spend 61 full days online a year.
Other key figures being released are:
- Government urged to introduce long-term strategy on children’s online safety
- 92% of 8 – 13 year olds own their own smart device
- 43% of children are talking to people online that they don’t know in real life
- 52% teachers don’t feel equipped to teach online safety messages in the classroom.
- Survey by CyberSafeIreland of almost 4,000 children aged between eight and thirteen
The report has highlighted that 43% are speaking to strangers online, with a third of them speaking to strangers every day or at least once a week. We also found that a high proportion of boys, including 36% of 8-year olds boys and 43% of 10 year old boys, are playing over-18s games and being exposed to violent and sexual content that is not appropriate for their age.
CyberSafeIreland surveyed 3,867 children aged between 8 and 13 in schools over the last academic year and found that 92% owned their own smart device. This means that the vast majority of children own a device that connects to the Internet and that many are active online.
Download the full report here
CyberSafeKids is an Irish charity, which has been empowering children, parents, schools and businesses to navigate the online world in a safer and more responsible way since 2015.