New research from the regulator Ofcom reveals that internet use by kids in their bedrooms is increasing very rapidly. According to the research, 35% of kids aged 12-15 and 16% of 8-11s now have broadband access in their bedrooms.
The research showed a very big jump in broadband penetration in kids rooms, since the last survey in 2007, when the figures were 20% and 9% respectively.
The effect of broadband access in kids rooms is that understandably a lot of kids' internet surfing is undertaken unsupervised. The report shows that 60% of 12-15s and one third of 8-11s say they use the internet mostly on their own.
Scarier still is that one in five 5-7 year olds claim to use the internet without an adult in the room, whilst less than 50% of parents whose children use the internet at home say they have internet controls or filtering software in place.
There is clearly still more education required for parents as one in ten parents said they didn't know the parental control features were possible on a broadband connection.
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