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  • Is internet really is as “dangerous as letting children go out into the street?
  • Is internet really is as “dangerous as letting children go out into the street?
    Lars Ploughmann (2011) ©
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Can the internet ever be ‘kid-friendly’?

At age 3, around a quarter of children go online daily, increasing to about 50% by age 5. And if the internet really is as “dangerous as letting children go out into the street”, is child-friendly software and brightly-coloured ‘kid versions’ enough to keep Gen Z surfers safe and happy?

Location North America / Northern Europe

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Imagine being a kid, having access to the internet and not looking at rude pictures, not striking up conversation with any old random who pays you attention, and not lying about your age. It ain’t gonna happen – especially when the internet is such an enormous part of the cultural, social and educational milieu. But there’s a point when natural, innocent prurience risks running into, as the NSPCC warns, “inappropriate content, grooming and sexual abuse, and gambling or running up debts.” [1]

With a quarter of three-year-olds, 50% of five-year-olds and more than two-thirds of ...

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