(U.K. ) Barnardo’s Charity Report: Children aged five and under at risk of internet addiction due to parents giving them access to smartphones, tablets and computers and a third of 5-10yr-olds have been victims of cyber-bullying #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – June.12: Charity’s report into effects of technology on under-18s warns of threat to mental health: Children aged five and under are at risk of becoming addicted to the internet in a trend that could damage their mental health, according to Barnardo’s.

The charity said very young children – one as young as two – were learning to access websites, for example YouTube and those related to children’s television programmes, as a result of their parents giving them access to smartphones or tablet computers to distract or entertain them: A third of five-to-10-year-olds have been the victims of cyberbullying:

Children of that age are being exposed to unsuitable or harmful material online:

79% of support workers have dealt with 11-to-15-year-olds who have suffered cyberbullying.

58% of those helping those 16 or over had seen cases of self-harm and attempted suicide linked to the young person’s history of cyberbullying.

78% of support workers had come across young people of that age who had been groomed online.

Barnardo’s is concerned that early access to electronic devices could lead to both addiction and a loss of key social skills as families spend less time talking among themselves: It warns in a report into the effects of technology and social media on children that platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter are having a “disturbing” impact on the mental health of under-18s: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/15/teenage-girl-kills-herself-after-instagram-poll-in-malaysia

In a white paper in April on combating online harm, the government pledged to take action to tackle the problem: That included putting a new legal duty of care on providers to ensure that young users do not come to harm from accessing their content.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: June.12: 2019: Twitter | The Guardian

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