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  Safety fears ban kids from net
Updated 28 November 2001, 10.37
Children could be banned from using the net
Children could be losing out on exploring the net because safety-conscious parents won't let them go online.

A new survey says worries about chatrooms and the wrong sort of people getting hold of e-mail addresses mean children aren't allowed to log on as much as they might.

Adults are also afraid their kids might break the computer or accidentally download a virus.

Missing out?

It means they might not be getting all the benefits the net has to offer like keeping in touch with friends or homework help.

And while there are risks to be aware of online, the survey says it's rare for a child to come into contact with strangers in chatrooms.

One answer is to have a surfing proficiency test to make sure everyone knows how to surf safely.

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