87% of Australians concerned about children being exposed to dangerous people online

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The majority of Australians (87%) are concerned about the potential risks of their children being exposed to dangerous people online with more than 6 in 10 (61%) believing governments should be doing more on this issue.

Sensis Digital Manager, Alice Mentiplay said: “Australians are concerned that they lack the ability to protect children using the internet with less than four in ten Australians believing they have the technical know-how to minimise the risk.”

“This is a very sensitive issue and one that continues to make media headlines. It was pleasing to see the Federal Government introduce the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill to target all aspects of the child sex offender cycle, particularly the growing online threat.”

The 2017 study from digital expert Sensis surveyed 800 Australian consumers and 1,002 small and medium businesses and found concern is highest among those aged under 30 (87%) and lowest among those aged 50-64 (81%). Those aged 30-39 are the most likely to think they can manage the risks (52%), while those aged over 65 are the least likely (22%).

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