USE OF INTERNET BY CHILDREN

This section summarizes the main findings of the study, reflecting parents’ opinions on how children spend time on the Internet and their safety online.

USE OF INTERNET BY CHILDREN

Most children have devices that allows them to use the Internet. As children grow up, they have greater access to technology allowing them to be online.
On average children spend about 3 hours on the Internet.
The average daily time spent by children on the Internet increases as they grow up. For example, children under 3 years old spend on average 1 hour 37 minutes per day on the Internet, 4-6 years - 2 hours, 7-11 years - 2 hours 38 minutes, 12-14 years - 3 hours 40 minutes, 15-17 years - 4 hours 6 minutes.
Parents tend to think that children spend their time on the internet idly.
More than 80% of parents control their child’s Internet usage. Half of parents control both the content that the child receives and the time that the child spends on the Internet.
Parents of older children are less likely to control the child’s presence on the Internet.
Parents believe that children are more likely to come across "adult" content on the Internet. And the greatest threat to the children, according to their parents, is dangerous games and challenges (for example, the “blue whale” – a "game" reportedly consisting of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators over a 50-day period, initially innocuous before introducing elements of self-harm and the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide).

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