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With kids spending more time on screens this year insurance giant Zurich has teamed up with internet experts to help parents keep their children safe online in the summer holidays
Working dads have been urged to keep an eye on their kids internet habits as we switch from homeschool to holidays.
With the government urging folk to go back to work there’s even more pressure on parents. Screen time can be a huge help in entertaining children.
But new research, commissioned by Zurich Insurance and Ineqe the online child protection experts, shows that children as young as seven are now spending almost three hours a week on average broadcasting live videos of themselves. Instances of livestreaming amongst children increase by 17% once schools close and children have even more spare time.
The findings reveal:
Tilden Watson, Head of Education at Zurich Municipal said: “School holidays represent a challenging time for parents as they struggle to balance work and childcare duties on top of the inevitable home work. It’s to be expected that children will probably spend a lot more time on devices. That’s why it’s crucial to sit down together and chat through the risks.
“We know around a tenth of children normally chat to strangers online but this trend doubles amongst livestreamers. Setting up parental controls on devices is crucial – now more than ever. Talking about the dangers of inviting strangers into your bedroom, albeit virtually, is so important from a young age.”
Zurich introduced a policy of equal parental leave last year. And they have been praised for the innovations they brought to coping with coronavirus. Many of their policies were specifically aimed at helping parents.
Zurich and Ineqe provide tips for parents concerned about their children’s online habits.