Offline dangers


It is easy, these days, to become obsessed by online threats to our children but the EU Kids Online Project has come up with a timely reminder that more threats lurk in the offline than online world. 

On average, European children spend 88 minutes per day online and over half of 11 and 12 year olds have an online social network profile and may, indeed, have lied about their age to open Facebook and other networking accounts.
However, while 24 percent of the children questioned by the LSE, which runs the project, said they had seen sexual images in the past twelve months, 11 percent said they had seen them online and 13 percent offline.
Similarly, of the 21 percent who said they had been bullied in the past twelve months, eight percent had been bullied online and thirteen percent in the 'real' world.

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