Children aged five and under at risk of internet addiction – Barnardo’s

Charity’s report into effects of technology on under-18s warns of threat to mental health

Children aged five and under are at risk of becoming addicted to the internet in a trend that could damage their mental health, according to Barnardo’s.

The charity said very young children – one as young as two – were learning to access websites, for example YouTube and those related to children’s television programmes, as a result of their parents giving them access to smartphones or tablet computers to distract or entertain them.

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Children aged five and under at risk of internet addiction – Barnardo’s