Many Irish kids spending over four hours online each day
A charity has also highlighted that 43% are speaking to strangers online
The survey by the children’s internet safety charity found that 12% of eight-year-olds are spending over four hours online each day and this rises to 15% of 12-year-olds, equivalent to spending 61 days each year glued to a screen.
Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said: “I’ve seen first-hand how beneficial technology can be in the field of learning, but it is not without risks.
This is despite the fact that popular social media apps like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook have a minimum age restriction of 13.
CyberSafeIreland’s Chief Executive Alex Cooney said: “We are urging the Government to establish a long-term strategy that includes strong and effective measures on education, public awareness and regulation.
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