Computers force kids into adulthood too early

A survey commissioned by AVG has come to startling conclusions about the effects computers and the internet are having on children.

Children aged between 10 and 13 are spending more and more time online – often unsupervised – and that’s pushing them into having to deal with social interactions that they’re really not ready for.

JR Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies, said that children go online at such early ages and have developed savvy technology skills, but haven’t developed either the intellectual or emotional maturity to deal with situations that can happen online.

UK parents surveyed mostly don’t know what their kids are doing online, while many of the children access the net in their own rooms. That has led to as many as 68 percent of parents logging into their childrens’ PCs, in an attempt to see what they’re up to.

As many as 62 percent of the parents said that their children have access to social networks like Facebook, even though there is a 13 year old age restriction. More, 50 percent of children use social networking on their mobile phones.

The good news is that only one in 20 children were found to have been subjected to cyber bullying.