Children not worried about privacy online, says study

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Only one in nine children in Belgium between the ages of nine and 16 is concerned about giving out personal information on the internet, according to a study carried out by the University of Leuven for the EU Kids Online project.

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Only one in nine children in Belgium between the ages of nine and 16 is concerned about giving out personal information on the internet, according to a study carried out by the University of Leuven for the EU Kids Online project.

Children in the age group are active in large numbers online, particularly on social media like Facebook. While most see no danger in posting personal information, they have greater concerns regarding problems like cyber-bullying – a worry for 19% - and upsetting video clips on sites like YouTube, which was reported to be a problem by no fewer than 32% of children.

The final report for the EU project, including the section contributed by KULeuven, can be found at www.tinyurl. com/EUkids.

As part of the EU Kids Online project, local authorities have drawn up a guide to safer internet use for children and parents, which includes advice such as: know who you’re talking to, don’t believe everything you read, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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