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Children's Use Of Internet In Bedroom Doubles In Two Years

According to a recent report published by media regulator Ofcom, the number of children with internet access in their bedrooms has steadily increased since 2007 and such unsupervised internet usage can expose them to a myriad of dangers from the internet.

The report points out that nearly 35 percent of children in the age bracket of 12 to 15 use the internet on their own while 16 percent of children in the age bracket of 8 to 11 are left to surf the internet without any adult supervision.

There has been a growing concern amongst child safety groups and even law enforcement agencies that the unregulated use of the internet by young children can lead to their exploitation by paedophiles.

The report also looked at the usage of other electronic equipments by children and found that half of them have a TV in their bedrooms while nearly 85 percent of them use a games console.

Many analysts believe that lives of most urban children are increasingly revolving around electronic gadgets and computers which keep them away from physical activity.

Such sedentary lifestyle can be very detrimental to the health of children in general, making them highly susceptible to several lifestyle diseases like obesity.

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The problem though is that parents themselves are often too busy to supervise their children and the computer (or the internet) acts like a surrogate parent. Meeting strangers or potential sexual predators is only part of the problem. Online bullying and the lack essential social skills may possibly have more damaging long term effects.

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