Three quarters of kids aged 5 use Internet every day: UK study

March 2nd, 2011 - 5:41 pm ICT by ANI  

London, March 02 (ANI): A new UK study has suggested that nearly three quarters of children under the age of five use the Internet every day.

The research has revealed that as many as 72 per cent of pre-school children are lured online on a daily basis by sites such as the BBC’s Cbeebies and games like Peppa Pig, reports the Daily Mail.

Many parents are allowing there under-fives to explore the web without supervision, leaving them vulnerable to predatory paedophiles.

Child safety experts have reacted with horror, drawing attention to the dangers young web users face.

The alarming revelations also triggered warnings that frequent young surfers may struggle with their learning. Professor Tanya Byron, a clinical psychologist, said leaving a five-year-old unsupervised on the Internet is equivalent to “abandoning a kid in a shopping centre for a couple of hours”.

The study, conducted by Plymouth Council, surveyed the Internet habits of 423 under-fives, with an average age of four.

It found 305 used the Internet every day, often unsupervised. (ANI)

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