Young people and technology

Parent Zone and the Oxford Internet Institute have published a report suggesting that instead of restricting or monitoring internet use, parents should let their teenagers discover the net. Key findings include that:

  • UK teenagers are among the most monitored in Europe, with most of the big ISPs offering parental controls;
  • Teenagers with positive parental relationships are more likely to use the web in a sensible way;
  • Supportive, enabling parenting has a more positive impact than restricting or monitoring internet use; and
  • Teenagers left to self-regulate their online activity are more likely to teach themselves new skills online and maintain positive online relationships.

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Anti bullying charity Ditch the Label has published a report looking at how 13 to 25 year olds use smartphone technology. Key findings include that:

  • 37 percent of 13 to 25 year olds have sent a naked photo of themselves via a smartphone app; and
  • 24 percent have had a naked photo shared without their consent.

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