CyberSafeIreland surveyed 1,500 children aged between 8 and 13 between September and November 2017 and found over a third of children are rarely or never talking to their parents about online safety. All children in this age-group who are online are potentially vulnerable; but those who are online without parental engagement are particularly vulnerable. Of this group, over 34% are in regular contact with a stranger online, and 50% use social media and messaging apps that are meant to be inaccessible to users aged under 13.
We are delighted to have officially launched our new flyer for parents today at a Safer Internet Day 2018 event in Newtownmountkennedy organised by TUSLA and the Wicklow Children & Young People Services Committee. “Five conversations we need to have at home about online safety” has been sent out to schools across Ireland, and hopefully many copies will have made their way into schoolbags yesterday. It is also freely downloadable from our website here.