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Poll: Do you monitor your child's internet use?

Irish internet providers will now need to block certain streaming sites, as per a High Court ruling.

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IN AN AGE where toddlers seek out their parents’ phones on a daily basis and the market is flooded with ‘toy tablets’, it’s tough to keep your children away from the digital world – and as it’s such a central part of our lives, it would probably be unwise to do so.

However Executive Director of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Mary L Pulido Ph.D warned in The Huffington Post this month that parents need to more actively monitor the sites that their kids are using.

Pulido cited the recent ‘suicide forest’ video of YouTuber Logan Paul, whose 15 million subscribers ‘included many preteens and young children’ as evidence that we need to remain aware of the content that they are consuming.

Closer to home, this week saw a body representing some of the world’s biggest movie giants (including Twentieth Century Fox, Universal and Warner Brothers) obtain High Court orders for Irish internet providers to block certain streaming websites.

The move could pave the way for child protection on the internet in the wake of the ISPCC’s findings last year that children as young as six are accessing pornography.

So, tell us: Do you monitor your child’s internet use?

Poll Results:

Yes, I do (82)
I monitor the time spent, not the content (26)
No, I leave them to it (17)
I don't know (8)

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