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Parents powerless against digital downloads

Although half of parents ban their children from spending money on downloads, 84% of youngsters admit to doing so

 

Research by Halifax found that even though half of parents ban their children from spending money on downloads, 84% of youngsters admit still do.

With around 60% of children having their own tablet and 76% now own a mobile phone, many are now living a digital childhood.

All of these products come with digital downloads such as games, music and movies.

One in two parents told a survey that they do not allow their children to spend money on digital downloads, but with so many mobile devices, it can be hard to keep tabs.

In the annual Halifax pocket money survey, the 1,200 children asked admitted to downloading an average of three items a week.

Of those parents who do allow downloads, two thirds set a limit on what their kids are allowed to spend with most putting it somewhere between £4 and £10 a week.

However, over spending is not the biggest concern among those surveyed, with 32% worried their kids could access inappropriate material.

It comes a month after a study found that a third of youngsters have come across something they should not have done while they have been browsing the web at home.

The survey of 2,200 UK parents found 35 per cent had come across online dangers.

A further six per cent said they had looked at adult content deliberately, 11 per cent had encountered online bullying and eight per cent had met or talked with strangers online.

The NSPCC suggests that exploring sites and apps together can help and encourage parents to ask if children know where reporting functions are, how to block someone and how to keep information private.

If you’re worried about your children’s digital downloads, you can disable in app purchases or even talk to your internet provider and arrange for them to block access to certain sites.

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