More toddlers using internet

Many youngsters are spending more time online, whilst toddlers as young as two are using the internet, a new poll suggests.

Internet may help raise 'generation of technical geniuses'

Netmums co-founder Siobhan Freegard said that no past generation has ever had access to so much information in such a quick amount of time. She said:

Some scientists have predicted large amounts of internet exposure may alter the way kids think and in many ways we are in the middle of a giant experiment with our children as the subject. We are raising a generation of technical geniuses - but at what cost?

– Siobhan Freegard, co-founder of netmums

'One in ten children' searched for inappropriate content

A survey of around 1,100 parents and about 825 children has found that children have seen content on suicide, child abuse, animal cruelty, gambling, terrorism or cults on the internet.

The report from Netmums showed an increase in the number of children using the internet at a young age.

  • Almost one in 10 children have found inappropriate content on the internet on purpose because they were looking for it
  • Three quarters of parents believe that their child spends under an hour a day online - just half of the actual average figure
  • One in eight of the parents surveyed said their child was two years old or younger when they were first allowed to go online
  • Almost three in 10 parents let their youngster use the internet without any restrictions or supervision

Source: Netmums

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More youngsters are spending more time online

More youngsters are spending time online survey suggests Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Many youngsters are spending more time online, whilst toddlers as young as two are using the internet, a new poll suggests.

A survey by Netmums has revealed that almost four in five children have seen images or information about eating disorders and self harm on the internet, while two in five admit that they have seen online porn.

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