Study reveals that 28% of kids regularly visit illegal sites

Posted on Nov 17 2011 - 12:11pm by Robert

A study has revealed that the pivotal age for parents to discuss with their children responsible internet use is 11 years. The research said that more than a quarter (28 percent) of kids start visiting illegal file-sharing websites by this age.

The research, which was conducted by youth research firm Dubit on behalf of the film, TV, music and video industries, discovered that by age 11, 21 percent of children access illegal video and music file-sharing websites regularly. When they reach 12 years of age, 28 percent do so and by age 13, almost half (42 percent) regularly visit illegal film, TV and music sites. The study also revealed that 73 percent of kids are introduced to these illegal websites by their friends.

Child Psychologist Prof. Tanya Byron is supporting online safety group Childnet International to help teachers and parents teach kids about responsible internet use.

“The majority of parents will confidently tell their children that it is wrong to steal or shoplift in the real world, but it’s vital that they also help kids understand what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour online, and why it’s just as harmful,” said Professor Byron, giving out her reasons for starting the campaign. “The new leaflet and our conversation starters provide parents with concise, up-to-date information and practical advice to start conversations about responsible internet use with their children. These will not only help parents address the issue of illegal film, TV and music file-sharing with their children, but will help them to discuss online responsibility together.”

Childnet International’s Music Film, TV and the Internet guide was created with support from music and video industries in the United Kingdom to promote good digital censorship.

The question is, do you think 11 is early enough?

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