DENNIS Menace finally gets his first cell phone in a new comic that highlights the dangers of the internet.
After receiving his joyfully new device From a phone shop, he is shown engaging in the kind of shenanigans and mischief that Beano readers have come to expect.
Prank calls, uploading a video of his cousin Minnie the Minx without her consent, and downloading age-appropriate apps are among his antics.
But it turns out he may not be aware of the online dangers he might be facing.
The special edition of cartoons – a collaboration between Beano and EE – was launched after a survey of 1,000 parents with children aged eight to 16 found that six in ten fear their children don’t know how to protect themselves from online dangers.
Sharing their location with strangers, cyberbullying, and accidentally giving out personal information that could lead to cheating are all things parents think their kids could do without realizing the consequences.
And while 46 percent of moms and dads try to educate their offspring as best they can, a quarter are either unsure or definitely don’t know enough about online safety.
Only 35 percent of parents check their kids’ phones weekly to make sure they’re safe online.
57 percent admitted they avoid looking at their children’s social media profiles because they’re worried about what they’re up to.
Additionally, 38 percent of parents whose children have phones believe their child knows more about using the technology than they do.
Parental controls (46 percent), two-factor authentication (37 percent), and antivirus software (28 percent) are all safety measures some parents take to keep their children safe online.
Parents believe 32 percent of their children’s lives take place online, and 66 percent believe online safety should be a more important part of the school curriculum.
More than half (52 percent) of respondents who took part in OnePoll’s survey don’t think they could survive as a child in today’s online world.
To counteract this, EE has developed the “PhoneSmart License” – an online course that teaches children of all mobile operators how to be safe and friendly online.
It was developed in collaboration with experts from Internet Matters with the aim of giving parents “additional peace of mind when their children enter the online world”.
THINGS PARENTS MAY WORRY ABOUT THEIR CHILD ONLINE THAT MIGHT PUT THEM IN DANGER:
- 1. Share your location
- 2. Cyberbullying
- 3. Accidental disclosure of personal information that could lead to fraud
- 4. Downloading apps or games that are unsuitable for their age
- 5. Sharing their address
- 6. Sharing Banking Information
- 7. Staying up late and surfing
- 8. Going “Doxxed” – when her address is widely revealed online
- 9. Spend a fortune on an online game
- 10. Being rude to someone online
Mat Sears, Director of Corporate Affairs, Consumer Division, said: “As a lifelong Beano fan, it’s a true joy to see characters I’ve loved grapple with the same challenges all parents face when their Kids explore the online world.
“From learning who to trust online, to apps and games that are safer to use, our comics provide parents and children alike with a fun and engaging way to learn how to use their phones safely.”
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