One in three children in South West giving out personal details online

One in three children in South West giving out personal details online

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:41am 28th August 2019. (Updated at 5:49am 28th August 2019)

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Research by the NSPCC reveals children as young as eight are giving out sensitive information including their mobile number and home address to people they met online. 

The survey commissioned by 02 revealed the most common information to be revealed was their email address, worryingly some even revealed their home address.

Seemingly innocent details such as pets' names and the school they attend were also revealed.


The NSPCC also says less than two thirds of parents check who their children are talking to on social media.

Meanwhile many kids feel their parent don't really understand the apps they use, just 37% of children feel their parents understand YouTube, with that figure dropping below 10% for Snapchat and Roblox.

The survey results also showed that parents are more likely to talk to their children about safety in the real world versus the online world.

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The news comes as O2 and the NSPCC relaunch Net Aware, a website designed for parents to learn more about the latest apps, sites and games their children are using, along with technical and safeguarding tips

The relaunch has event got some celebrity support in the form of Strictly Come Dancing presenter and mum of two, Tess Daly. 

"I know how difficult the topic of online safety can be between parents and their kids. It's our job as parents to do all we can to make sure our children know about staying safe online, and to make sure we have open conversations with them so they feel comfortable asking questions they might think seem awkward.

"The new Net Aware site helps you keep up to date on the latest social networks, apps and games children use, letting you know about their safety features and whether they're age appropriate. It's really helped me get a better understanding of how to talk to my kids about the online world. You'd talk to your child about not talking to strangers in the real world, and it's really important to apply that to apps and games too."

Julie Campbell, Local Campaigns Manager for the NSPCC in the South West of England said: 

"It is vital parents think of the online world in the same way as the real world. They wouldn't send their child on a school trip without checking where they are going and who they are going with. The same level of scrutiny should apply to any app or game their child is using. That's why we continue to work with O2 to provide the latest information for parents about the most popular apps, sites and games their children are using - all at their fingertips on one website."

Ann Pickering, Chief HR Officer and Chief of Staff at O2, says their very "proud" the expanded platform has "even more up-to-date advice, information and top tips from our O2 Gurus."

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