Cyber Safe Ireland release their third annual report
In its annual report, Cyber Safe Ireland found over two thirds of 8 to 13-year-olds own their own smartphone and seven out of every ten use social media and messaging apps on their devices, despite the Digital Age of Consent being set at 16 recently. It also found a fifth of 12-year-olds are spending more than four hours a day online, while 41% of 8 and 9-year-olds are playing over-18s games, exposing them to highly inappropriate content.
Digital Age of Consent
8-13 year olds using social media
8-9 year olds playing 18+ games
So, what’s the solution?
While it is the responsibility of the government and social media companies to protect children online, it is also our responsibility as parents to ensure our children use the internet safely and wisely.
It is imperative that we regularly educate ourselves about digital trends and online behaviours and communicate, to our children, the potential dangers and pitfalls of being online and how to manage difficult or harmful situations.
Unfortunately, this is only part of the solution. Even the most well-intentioned child can stumble upon inappropriate content, be tempted to play unsuitable games or spend longer online when their parent is distracted.
Therefore, it is so important to have tamper-proof internet parental controls, such as Ikydz, on their devices. Ikydz can block sites, reduce screen time, block social media apps and filter content for multiple devices with just one app. To view CyberSafeIreland’s full report click here.
iKydz Mobile is on its way…
Our much anticipated iKydz Mobile solution is coming soon and we expect to deliver it within the next few weeks. iKydz Mobile’s launch will complete the iKydz product suite and give our customers the only true Total Internet Control available in the market.
Using just one app on your phone, you will be able to easily manage every single connected child device, whether they are connected to WIFI or Mobile networks.