Parents fail to say no to their children’s use of social media, new survey shows

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Nine out of ten parents believe age limits are important in apps and games, a new study shows. At the same time, three out of four children between the ages of 9 and 12 are on social media.

It is the organization Babysitting that has commissioned the survey. They respond to the findings.

– It’s interesting to see this contradiction. So many people believe that 13-year-olds are right, but still the children are there, says professional leader in the babysitter, Kjellaug Tonheim Tønnesen to NRK.

The study was conducted by a research group at NLA College and was presented on Tuesday in connection with Safer Internet Day.

A total of 10,427 parents are asked, and 88 percent said it is ‘important’ or ‘very important’ that parents respect age limits on apps, games and movies. Nevertheless, only 26 percent of these are very much following such recommendations for their children.

According to the Media Authority, the age limit on most social media is 13 years.

The study shows that parents want more advice and recommendations from the authorities on children and social media.

– “Parents want more expertise on topics such as time use, age limit and practice of rules. They also want more insight and knowledge about security, filters and web networks,” says Tønnesen.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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