Hungarian children using the internet earlier

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Hungarian children start to use the Internet at an increasingly young age; Almost twice as many children aged 7 to 8 had a cell phone last year than in 2017, according to a representative survey commissioned by the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH), writes Magyar Nemzet.

The share of children aged 7 to 8 who own a cell phone rose to 24% last year, from 14% in 2017, the NMHH announced yesterday.

The survey is based on interviews with 2,000 children aged 7 to 16 and their parents. Most 10-year-olds already have a mobile phone, increasingly a smartphone with a monthly subscription and a mobile Internet subscription.

The ratio of 10-year-olds on social media has tripled from 3% to 10%, according to the NMHH.

The number of cases where a stranger tried to contact a child aged 11 to 16 has doubled in three years. Children are increasingly careful with fewer people sharing their photos on the Internet or making their email address or school name publicly available online.

Nevertheless, a quarter of 13-14 year olds and almost a third of 15-16 year olds keep online contact with “friends” they have never met.


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