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Teen survey reveals online behaviour

Wednesday, 7th February, 2018 5:26pm

A recent study found that some teenagers have fake online profiles and secret phones.

Marking Tuesday’s Safer Internet Day, UNICEF called for urgent action to protect children after their survey found that 46 per cent (of 355 respondents on this question) polled admitted lying about their age online in order to get around built-in safety measures on various platforms.

A further six per cent admitted maintaining fake profiles, while three per cent own a secret phone.

Meanwhile 80 per cent of Irish teenagers responding to the UNICEF survey said that they hold themselves primarily responsible for their safety online, ahead of parents and digital firms.

Approximately 400 Irish teens, aged between 13 and 18, participated in an anonymous survey.

Also marking Safer Internet Day, Trend Micro, a cybersecurity firm with an EMEA headquarters in Cork, launched its seventh annual youth internet safety What’s Your Story video competition.

Avril Ronan, Global Programme Manager for Internet Safety at Trend Micro, said: “We want to showcase students’ thoughts about the increase in false information online and the lowered trust placed on the internet.”

Meanwhile, a Cork TD urged that more than one day is needed to make the internet safer.

Cork South West Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Jim Daly, said: “The biggest threat to our children’s generation is the dangerous content they are open to on a daily basis.

“They are being constantly bombarded online and it is us parents and guardians who need to step in and provide support and protection to our children,” said Minister Daly.

He will host a public meeting on internet safety on 26 February at 8pm in Scoil Naomh Eltin, Kinsale. All are welcome.

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