Kids aware of web dangers

13/08/2007

A new survey has revealed that European children and teenagers appear to be aware of the risks associated with using the internet.

The poll by the European commission's Eurobarometer project found that youngsters in Europe tend to use the web for purposes such as online gaming, surfing and communications.

Parents restrict web access to a 'limited' extent, the EC said, but children were found to have knowledge of issues such as viruses, identity theft and the dangers posed by strangers online.

However, the responses to the survey indicated that children would rather sort out any problems among themselves or with friends, only choosing to turn to their parents at the last minute.

'These survey results underline Europe's need for proactive online media education,' commented Viviane Reding, European commissioner for information society and media.

'We must also continue to raise awareness about the opportunities and risks of new media, especially among parents.'

Last month, a survey by Microsoft, MTV Networks and Nickelodeon found that modern teenagers tend to see technology as an integrated part of their lives, rather than a separate entity, Reuters reported.ADNFCR-8000120-ID-18243771-ADNFCR