Half of British pupils ‘scared to use the internet’

The TES is reporting that children aged 10 to 15 worry they will be asked to do things on the internet that are illegal or that make them uncomfortable.

In a survey, 1,000 children between the ages of 10 and 15 were questioned in order to reveal their attitudes to the internet. The poll revealed that 49 per cent were scared or worried about going online.

One in five – 21 per cent – worried that a stranger might bully them. And 18 per cent feared that a stranger might ask them to do something that made them uncomfortable.

The poll was conducted by cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab to mark Safer Internet Day.

“The benefits of children being online and connected are numerous,” said David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab. “So it’s easy to forget that children and young people are inherently vulnerable, and may expose themselves to danger, whether knowingly or unknowingly, when using the internet.”

More than a third – 36 per cent – of those pupils surveyed said that they had regretted posting something online, because it negatively affected a friend or another person.

More at: Half of British pupils ‘scared to use the internet’

Do you think this fear is wholly a bad thing? Perhaps it will cause children to take the necessary precautions to prevent bad things happening. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie

Are you a trainee teacher, NQT, teacher, headteacher, parent or  just someone who cares about education and has something to get off  your chest in a Schools Improvement Guest Post? Follow this link for more details at the bottom of the page.

Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin (around 7am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link.

We now have a Facebook page - please click to like!


Why children’s books that teach diversity are more important than ever
Struggling Caversham primary school appeals for donations from parents
Categories: Technology.

Let us know what you think...