Although 60 per cent of youngsters aged between eight to 13 said they needed to be careful while using social media, 29 per cent have shared personal details and a third have posted pictures of things they own on group chats.
And just under four in 10 (37 per cent) said they play games where they don’t know the players they are connecting with.
While 32 per cent admitted they have watched content they know might not be appropriate for their age.
A further three in 10 use the same password for everything on the internet – with 22 per cent sharing logins with friends.
The research was carried out by EE, who have created the PhoneSmart Licence [] – which is a free online programme that provides young people with the tools and confidence to stay safe and be kind online.
Mat Sears, corporate affairs and communications director of BT and EE, said: “With internet use more popular than ever, it’s no surprise that children who have grown up in a world of technology are oblivious to the potential dangers that come with it.
“There needs to be more out there for children around online safety because parents don’t necessarily have all the tools or knowledge to teach children themselves.
“If your children understand the dangers of being online then that is the first step towards ensuring they have a healthy and safe relationship with both you and their online activity.
“Created in collaboration with experts from Internet Matters, the PhoneSmart license teaches kids about key components of phone safety across four modules including online hate, digital wellbeing, staying safe online and digital and media literacy.”
More than half of the 300 parents with children aged eight to 13 polled said they know their child has accounts with social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram.
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