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Parents in the dark over kids' online movie habits


More than a quarter of 11-15-year-olds say their parents do not know what films they are watching online, with a fifth admitting they have been disturbed by content from illegal sites, according to a new survey.

A third (37%) of 11 and 12-year-olds have recently downloaded or streamed a film rated 15 from a pirate website, while 21% of 11-15-year-olds use such sites to keep up with what their friends and older siblings are watching, the poll for the Industry Trust for IP Awareness and the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) found.

Among 11-15-year-olds, 27% said their parents do not know what they are watching, 18% said they have been disturbed by what they have seen on pirate sites and 65% wished they had checked the age rating first. Of those surveyed, 45% spent up to an hour daily watching films on smartphones and tablets during the summer.

Liz Bales, director general of the Industry Trust for IP Awareness, said: "Public concern around what children are watching online has never been higher, making age-appropriate guidance even more critical."

ResearchBods surveyed 1,000 children aged 11 to 15 online last month.

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