Safeguarding children's privacy. We need a much greater commitment by the private sector and government to protect and not misuse children's data and to respect its encryption; the full application of worldwide standards in collecting and using data about children online; and to teach children how to protect themselves from threats to their own privacy.
The results of the Equifax-commissioned study reveal that many parents are concerned about how much time their children spend online, so much so that one in five confiscate smartphones and tablets at bedtime to limit the time their children can spend online. "By utilizing the insight presented in this report, and by implementing the clear recommendations, we can help to ensure that we maximize the vast opportunities provided by digital technology to children, whilst minimizing the risk of harm, for the benefit of all in Sri Lanka" added Mr. Sutton.
Just 30% of United Kingdom parents are "friends with" or followers of their children's social media accounts, and 80% of parents never check their children's internet-enabled devices to see what they are sharing.
The network is working with partner Internet Matters and has also developed "The New Talk", a series of conversation starters parents can use with their children in order to strike up dialogues about their online safety.
Despite the research's positive findings, it also found that young children face a "double-edged sword" by growing up on social media.
These can include bullying, or children being left out of "chats", accessing unsuitable apps - such as dating or gambling apps, the sharing of inappropriate images and the long-term impact of online actions which might affect future employment or university places. "We hope that it helps to teach young people that copyright infringement can lead to some very serious consequences. For some people that's great, it gets people connected, but for other children it's really isolating and risky". A lot of the content isn't suitable for under 18s.
"Equifax has created a handy ebook on how young people and adults can stay safe online and once again is an official supporter of Safer Internet Day".
NSPCC CEO Peter Wanless said: "The internet is an unbelievable place for young people to learn, create and build friendships so it's vital their online world is a safe one".
"We believe in the positive uses of technology and are happy to play a role in helping to create a better, safer and more productive online community", says Adeyemi Odutola, Communications Officer at W.TEC.
Develop age-specific educational and training material into the IT curriculum in schools to build students' knowledge of digital literacy and safety on the Internet, online security teacher training and ensure that this content is available online and in all three languages.