Children developing Web browsing smarts

Reports says Australian youths have heightened awareness of cybersafety

Australian children have developed a high level awareness regarding Internet risks and online safety, according to an Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) report released today.

The report, Click and Connect – Young Australians' Use of Online Social Media, found that 75 per cent of children surveyed claim they know not to give out their address or phone number online.

ACMA chairman Chris Chapman, says the report revealed that children see the Internet as an important part of their everyday lives,as most are using it to connect with their friends.

“Up to 97 per cent of 16 to 17-year-olds claim to use at least one social networking service,” Chapman said.

“Australian children demonstrate a good general knowledge of online behaviours that we might consider ‘risky’ — they know what not to do. Up to 78 per cent of parents also report having a ‘high’ level of knowledge of online risks.”

The report found an ongoing need for cybersafety material that resonates with children, and ACMA says a new cybersafety Web site is due for release soon.

“The ACMA cybersafety programs such as Cybersmart Detectives and internet safety presentations for parents, are on track to meet the information needs identified in the report,” Chapman said.

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