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Information science (social aspects)

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Digital Childhoods Working Paper Series (No.1)



Parents in Ireland do take an active interest in their children’s internet use. However, they tend to be more restrictive in their approach compared to other countries in Europe with a consequent reduction in children’s online opportunities.

This report compares young people’s and parents’ responses in the EU Kids Online survey. It shows that parents are not always aware of risks their children encounter, are perhaps more fearful of online dangers, and express less confidence about their ability to help their children to cope with problems they encounter.

The implications of these findings suggest that it is important that parents become more aware, better skilled and more actively involved in their children’s internet use. This is also the best means of promoting the benefits of the internet


Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences