The purpose of this study is to give an overview of children’s and young people’s reported access to content when using mobile phones, games consoles and portable media players, with a particular focus on experiences of “inappropriate content” when using these devices to go online.
The study was a quantitative survey conducted in March/April 2009 in the UK, comprising 797 face-to-face interviews with children aged 7-16 and their parent/carer.
- Ownership and use of mobile phones, games consoles and portable media players amojng children and young people;
- Parents’/carers’ concerns, rules and restrictions about their children’s use of these devices;
- Parents’/carers’ awareness of the existence of and use of access controls;
- Children’s and young people’s experience of encountering inappropriate content; and
- Children’s and young people’s sources of information about staying safe online and what information they feel is needed; and any further help/support that parents/carers think they need to help keep their children safe online