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Over half of children online have committed a 'risky' action

Today is February 10, Internet Safety Day, and an Internet safety campaign called Be Smart wanted to know how kids behave online.

More than half of children online have done something 'risky' or something that's considered 'anti-social', a new study suggests.

The results of a poll, in which 2,000 children aged 11 to 16 participated, show that more than half of children in the UK (57 per cent) have done something 'risky', BBC reports.

Almost two thirds of children (62 per cent) said they'd been pressured into doing those things while around 20 per cent said they'd pressured someone else into such activity.

Those activities include sharing pictures or videos of themselves, saying bad things about others and browsing unsuitable websites.

Almost half of all the children surveyed (47 per cent) said they'd looked at sites their parents wouldn't approve of, while 14 per cent admitted to sharing pictures of themselves – photos their parents wouldn’t want them to share.

Andrew Tomlinson, the BBC's executive producer responsible for digital and media literacy, said: "Internet safety is becoming increasingly important as more families get online and children start to use tablets, computers and smartphones earlier in their lives.

In the meantime, a new mobile app is set to be launched later this year, which will give parents remote access to everything their children do on their smartphones.

Those include movement tracking, monitoring texting as well as browsing the web. We’re not sure if the app covers Snapchat, but we'll assume it does.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.