Children mastering Internet early: Survey

Tech-savvy youngsters have mastered the Internet by the time they’vestarted elementary school, according to a Telus-funded survey.

Tech-savvy youngsters have mastered the Internet by the time they’ve started elementary school, according to a Telus-funded survey.

The national Canadians and Technology survey, which polled some 4,500 people, found children are spending more time than ever online and parents are encouraging it.

Three-quarters of children in young families that use the Internet are web-wise by the age of seven, and 74 per cent are allowed to spend one to five hours per week online, the poll suggests.

Meanwhile, most parents (69 per cent) think it’s important for their children to be technologically proficient at an early age, and a full 59 per cent of teens agree that they couldn’t live without the Internet.

“Each family member goes about their separate agendas, but links up at night and by new media throughout the day,” said Dr. Barry Wellman of the University of Toronto.