Did you know that the ‘first use’ of the Internet is about age 5?
The interim report from the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-safety,High-wire act: cyber-safety and the young (June 2011) has included some startling statistics on young people’s use of the Internet. The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s submission to the
Joint Select Committee on Cyber-safety (July 2010, No. 80, page 3) states the following:
“The ACMA’s survey Media and Communications in Australian Families (December 2007) indicated ‘first use’ at about age 5, but there is anecdotal evidence that children are going online at younger and younger ages.
The ACMA’s Click and Connect (July 2009) research found that as children age they spend more time online:
There is strong evidence that cyber-safety needs to be introduced into schools at a very early age.
In the following video, Andrew Churches from New Zealand outlines the six underlying facets that students need to understand.