Nearly two-thirds of young people believe that the Government needs to do more to protect children from adult content online, new research has found.
With teenagers, children and young adults having more access to the internet than ever, IDEX Biometrics ASA carried out a survey to assess the accessibility that Generation Z (those born after 1995) have to adult content and how they feel about it. The report focuses on gaming, gambling and porn sites, in particular.
The results showed that shockingly, just 12% of respondents over 18 hadn’t accessed inappropriate content when underage. Furthermore, a third of interviewees said they first accessed porn when they were less than 14 years old.
What’s more, 10% admitted that after viewing adult sites, they felt traumatised by what they had seen.
The government can do more
Despite the government announcing its plan to introduce a ‘porn block’ three months ago, 64% of Generation Z still feel that the government needs to do more to protect young people using the internet, with just over half suggesting that solutions like biometrics may help.
“This research shows Generation Z is increasingly concerned about online safety and welcome biometric technology as a solution to underage access to potentially harmful websites. Fingerprint authorisation offers a secure and convenient way for consumers to verify their age and make sure they can browse the internet safely,” comments David Orme, SVP, IDEX Biometrics ASA.
It was also noted in the results that two-thirds of respondents also believe that the government should put in blocks to prevent children from using social media.