UK children at greater risk from online predators as they spend more time indoors

British children are at greater risk from online predators than those elsewhere in Europe because their paranoid parents keep them cooped up indoors, a report claims.More than one in four young people in the UK has received “unwanted sexual comments” while using the internet, the academic study found, compared with just one in 10 in Germany and Ireland.The survey also found that children in Britain start using the web at a younger age, with many six-year-olds going online.It warns that worried parents who keep their children indoors to avoid risks on the streets are inadvertently placing them in greater danger, by increasing the amount of time they spend online.

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