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Shocking number of under 10s found to have an online profile

Shocking number of under 10s found to have an online profile

Shocking number of under 10s found to have an online profile
 A new report released by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has found that a significant number of nine-year-olds have an online profile.

The Growing Up In Ireland research found that 23 percent of children from this age group have an online profile with more boys than girls having one: 26 percent of boys and 21 percent of girls.
Interestingly, the boys’ profiles are largely related to computer games while girls are more often related to social media.
7,563 children and families in Ireland participated in the Growing Up In Ireland survey at nine-months, three-years, five years and again at nine years.
The report found that 69 percent of mums have rules about the time spent on devices, however, it also found that 9 percent spend over two hours looking at screens (not including the TV).
Over 70 percent of mums reported to having rules on the type of content kids can look at and over half only allow their kids online at specific times during the day.
The report also found that just over half of participating mums engage their children in alternative activities to reduce the amount of time they spend looking at a screen.  
The study also looked at the health of the child. It found that 17 percent of nine-year-olds are overweight and 5 percent are obese. This varied among socio-economic groups: 32 percent were in the lowest income group and 14 percent in the highest income group.
Interestingly, it also found that just a quarter of children are enjoying the recommended hour of exercise a day, with boys more likely to engage in physical activities than girls.
Again, those from a more advantaged family were more like to be physically active than those from low-income families.