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  •   Home > News > Technology

    Taking tech away doesn't help teens, study

    A study has found that taking away your teenager's laptop or cellphone does not help keep them safe as they can easily find other ways to access technology.

    New research has shown that most New Zealand teenagers won't be any safer online if you take away their phone or other devices.

    Online safety non-profit organisation Netsafe published the results of its study of 14 -17 years on Tuesday which found that over half of teenagers believed taking away access to technology did not improve their safety online as they could easily find other ways to access the internet.

    Just over half of the teens surveyed believed setting age restrictions on certain sites would be more effective in keeping them safe online.

    Seventy-nine per cent of those surveyed believed the internet offered a lot of positive opportunities, and the top reasons for going online were entertainment, connecting with friends and learning.

    Netsafe chief executive Martin Cocker agreed that banning or removing technology was not always the most effective way to keep young people safe.

    "We've found that many young people will find another way to access banned technology behind their parent's backs," he said.

    "If something goes wrong when they are accessing something they're not supposed to they are less likely to turn to their parents for help. In some cases, this can make things a lot worse in the long run.

    "Instead of banning technology, we encourage parents to make a safety plan with their children," Mr Cocker said.

    Overall, teens rated their knowledge of online safety highly with only 1 in 10 (13 per cent) saying they don't know much about it.

    A total of 1001 teenagers between 14 - 17 years old took part in the study through a 15-minute questionnaire.


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