The young audience of the Internet is currently estimated at millions children under 14. More than 85% of teenagers over 12 years old use the Internet, and the number is growing. Today, children first go online at the age of 4.
- According to numerous researches and surveys, over a half (52%) of Internet users under 14 have visited sites that are not intended for children.
- More than 45% of children have seen (both intentionally and inadvertently) porn online.
- Slightly fewer children (40%) have encountered pedophilic activities on the web.
- Around 15% of the questioned children reported that strangers tried to arrange a personal meeting with them.
- One-third of them agreed to meet or somehow disclosed their personal details.
Besides, the list of things that children regularly face online includes violence, gambling, drugs and alcohol, extremist materials, sects and nationalistic propaganda. Many suffer from online fraud and computer viruses.
Many parents are aware of the potential online threats and do their best to protect their children.
In 63% of cases, this is limited to child control and monitoring; 25% use special software like filters and security add-ons; 12% use built-in parental control tools integrated into the operating system.