Euro online youth self-reliant

A survey of 27 EU member countries plus Iceland and Norway found that
"European children are well aware of the potential risks of Internet
and mobile phone use but are confidently embracing digital
technologies, believing they are capable of handling any problem that
might arise without the help of a parent," according to an article in
the portal Tiscali.Europe reports.
That's good and bad news, of course, indicating that on the one hand
they may be less susceptible to victimization and smarter than we think
but on the other hand a little over-confident. Especially amid the rise
of cyberbullying on phones and the Web, this may indicate an unhealthy
disinclination to tell parents and other trusted adults about bullying
incidents (out of fears that Internet privileges would be taken away,
as other research shows). The study also found that "ways in which the
internet was used proved similar across the continent as well as age
groups. Schoolwork, communicating with friends and family via instant
messaging and chat, downloading music, videos, and games scored
highest, the latter more popular with boys in the 12-14 category, while
chatting and emailing came out top for the older girls. Hours spent
online per week also increased with age."


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