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Nine out of 10 children who contact strangers online find the report

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More than 90 percent of children between the ages of eight and 12 own a device that can connect to the Internet, and most have been in contact with strangers online, according to a report released Thursday by an Internet security charity.

Research from CyberSafe Ireland has found that 65% of pre-teen killers are at least 13 years old on the most popular platforms on social media and 16 years of age in the digital age of consent in Ireland. About a third have friends or followers on social media who don’t know you in real life.

In a survey of 3,764 children between the ages of eight and 12 in schools last academic year, 93 percent found owning a smart device – an 8 percent increase over the previous year.

Online games

Sixty-one percent commented that 31 percent of children play online games with strangers in real life. Sixty-one percent said they had been in contact with strangers within such a game. Boys are more likely to have sex than girls.

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