A study by the Web security firm Garlik has found that 20 per cent of children aged between 8-15 years often meet up with friends they met on the Internet, and one in 20 meet them on a regular basis. Just 7% of parents are aware of this.
The study also showed that some 40% of this age group visit Web sites their parents have forbidden and many give out personal details freely and without their parents' permission. The study has been dubbed a "shocking wake-up call" to UK parents.
30% of children gave out their full name on the 'Net, 46% disclosed their school details, 12% handed over their home address and 9% shared family photos. 90% of parents said they monitored their child whilst they were online.