Home internet use by eight-year-old children

Trudy Ann Sweeney, Stacey Margaret Georg, Francis Ben

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With the ever-increasing numbers of young children accessing the internet, often independently of adult supervision, parents and educators are facing the challenge of how best to provide young children with age-appropriate cyber-safety education. Drawing on data collected via children’s illustrations, focus-groups and a parent questionnaire, this paper explores the experiences of 25, eight-year-old children using the internet at home and parents’ mediation approaches. This paper provides evidence that children are actively engaged in a variety of activities facilitating both learning opportunities and risks to personal safety. The paper highlights the need for stakeholders to work in partnership to make the internet a safer and better place for children.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalAustralian Educational Computing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2019


  • internet use
  • primary education
  • young children


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