Canadian kids take the web everywhere, even to bed

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:49 PM ET

Today's youth want to take the Internet with them everywhere, including to bed.

A new report from MediaSmarts found 39% of Canadian kids take their phones to bed in case they get messages or calls at night.

Teens in Grade 11 are the most likely to sleep with their phones (51%), but even younger kids in Grade 4 — 20% of those surveyed — are habitual bed texters.

MediaSmarts had teachers interview 5,436 Canadian students in grades 4 to 11 in every province and territory in 2013.

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The numbers reflect not only a change in the way young Canadians use the Internet, but a seemingly more relaxed attitude to online safety. Since 2005, when desktops were the preferred way to access the Internet compared to phones and tablets in 2013, the study found that parents have eased household rules, with fewer now in place regarding online use and behaviour.

Despite Facebook's agreement that users must be 13 years or older to use the site, the survey found 32% of students in grades 4-6 have accounts.

Even so, the latest generation is wary, with 73% of kids surveyed agreeing with the statement: "I could be hurt if I talk to someone I don't know on the Internet."

Posting photos and videos and gaming are the most popular online activities for students and YouTube is their favourite site.

 


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