Eight to 15-year-olds are spending twice as much time on the internet than they were ten years ago

The number of children believing everything they read on Google and social media sites has doubled, according to an Ofcom study which has found ‘digital natives’ are too trusting of what they find online.

Eight to 15-year-olds are spending twice as much time on the internet than they were ten years ago, Ofcom’s report into media attitudes among children and parents found.

And these so-called ‘digital natives’ – children who have grown up with the internet – often lack “online nous” to decide if what they see is true or impartial, the regulator concluded.

Almost one in 10 children who go online believe information from social media websites or apps is “all true” – doubling from last year – and most 12 to 15-year-olds are unaware that “vloggers”, or video bloggers, can be paid to endorse the products they promote.

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