Half of teens see pornographic content online
(CS) A study commissioned by Luxembourg internet agency BEE SECURE has shown that more than half of teens and young people surveyed see sexual and pornographic content online, although it did not specify whether the exposure was accidental or on purpose.
Carried out by the University of Luxembourg on behalf of BEE SECURE, the study surveyed a group of 265 children and young people aged 10 to 21.
It showed that almost three quarters of youngsters use their mobile phone to go online, while 46.6 percent used their own computer. Fewer than one in five had to share a computer with other family members, showing that internet use is autonomous and largely unsupervised in most cases.
The study showed that more and more young children are using the internet. Of the children aged 10 and 11 surveyed in the study, their average age of first going online was 8.2. The teenagers surveyed aged 18 to 21 meanwhile on average said they first used the internet when they were 10.5 years old.
Of those aged 14 or over, 80 percent connected to the internet at least five to six days out of the week. The most popular activity were social media, which also 80 percent of those aged 14 or over said they used. However, also 40.5 percent of those aged below 13 said they used Facebook, even though the networking site states 13 as the minimum age to sign up.
One in ten young people surveyed meanwhile showed signs of dysfunctional internet use, such as excessive amounts of time spent online, addictive behaviour and a lack of other interests. At the same time, around a third of those surveyed who showed normal internet behaviour said they wanted to reduce the time they spent online.
Elsewhere in the study it also emerged that 51.8 percent of respondents said they had seen sexual or pornographic content online during the past 12 months, with girls feeling more affected by this phenomenon. The study did not, however, differentiate whether the exposure to this content was on purpose or accidental, for example through pop-ups on streaming or gaming websites.
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