Kids start watching porn from as early as the age of 6, and begin flirting on the Internet from the age of 8, according to a survey of over 19,000 parents worldwide.
What’s more, kids are accessing instant messaging and computer games at a much younger age than just a few years ago. At the extreme, 3.45% of kids covered in the analysis used Instant Messaging to chat with friends while 2% of computer game addicts were just 5 years old.
The study results were released exclusively to CyberTruth by Bitdefender. The Bucharest-based antivirus vendor correlated results of an online survey of parents with data compiled from its parental control services, such as which sites parents choose to block, and which sites children access regularly.
Almost a quarter of the kids accounted for in the study had at least one social network account at age 12, while 17% were social media users at 10.
Bitdefender found that children lie about their age when creating social network profiles, especially on Facebook, where they are supposed to be least 13.
It is shocking but certainly not surprising. Parents are so proud that their children are computer literate but with that literacy comes a few pitfalls.