A really disturbing amount of Irish seven-year-olds have interacted with people they don't know online 4 years ago

A really disturbing amount of Irish seven-year-olds have interacted with people they don't know online

This is a pretty scary statistic.

Research conducted by Zeeko's Digital Trend has revealed some very worrying things about the safety of Irish children online.

15%, roughly one-in-six, Irish children in first class have interacted online with people that they don't know, according to the figures, reprinted in today's Irish Times.

There are a range of apps that allow for communication these days, such as Snapchat, that can be used on devices that parents don't think of as telecommunication devices - such as iPads.

Even more (17%) have experienced cyberbullying, and this percentage only increases as far as sixth class. Zeeko's figures show that by sixth class, over half of all children have experienced cyberbullying and 34% have spoken online to somebody they don't know.

So if you've got kids, now is probably a very good time to remind them how to be safe online.

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