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Last Updated: Thursday April 28 2005 06:58 GMT

Parents' net knowledge fails kids

Children online
Parents who don't know about the net could be harming their kids' chances of getting a good job, researchers say.

Their survey found that 18% of mums and dads did not know how to help their children use the web safely.

Kids are much more switched on, with 98% of them saying they had net access at home, at school or somewhere else.

Researchers said: "Now that many young people rely on the net for information, the more it matters that some of them are getting left behind."

They added: "Not knowing how to best use the internet may have a negative impact on their education and employment opportunities."

Worry

The survey also showed that parents were really worried about kids being able to see bad things on the net, with 85% of them calling for tougher laws.

Around 1,500 nine to 19-year-olds and 906 of their parents were quizzed in the study by the London School Of Economics.



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