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Children prefer online chat to real conversation

Published by: The Times, June 2021

Children prefer online chat to real conversation

Three times as many primary children would rather chat to their friends online than in person, a report suggests.

Research conducted over the past year found that only 23 per cent of children aged five to 11 said their favourite way of communicating with friends was in person.

The rest preferred talking online, 60 per cent using online messaging, 11 per cent via gaming and the rest through other types of online communication.

The results come from anonymous data from more than 15,000 pupils in 2,500 schools about their online habits and how they feel about the internet and social media.

The data was collected by Natterhub, an online safety and digital literacy platform, to provide an insight into the thoughts and feelings of....

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