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

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

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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