Safe Internet League: “72.2% of Russian teenagers are active Internet users”


The Internet is a vital part of modern Russian teenagers’ lives. 72.2% of Russian teenagers regard themselves as active Internet users. Most of them access the Web from their homes. These are the conclusions of the «Young Internet user of 2013» online survey jointly carried out by the Safe Internet League, MTS, and the Kaspersky Labs.

«We regard these results as interesting and important. They will form part of the basis on which we will develop our methods of keeping the Internet clean and safe for its underage users», commented Safe Internet League CEO Denis Davydov.

Taking part in the survey were around 10 000 young people around Russia, aged 6 to 17. While most of them (72.2%) are active Internet users, the amount of time spent online grows in direct proportion to an individual’s age. Namely, among interviewees aged 6 to 7 only 17.5% said they spend «hours» on the Web, compared to 48.4% among those aged 16 to 17.
Most underage Internet users (82.6%) are accessing the Web from their homes. The second most popular (32.1%) point of access is school: at computer science lessons (19.1%) and after classes (10.2%).

The majority of teenagers access the Internet from their own desktop or laptop computer (54.6%), though mobile phones and smartphones play a major part, too (40.4%), its share likewise increasing with age.

Of particular interest are the results in relation to the freedom of online activities. For example, while 58.3% of all teenagers interviewed said they «freely accessed whatever web sites they wanted», the figure is strongly linked to their age: only 20% of 6 to 7 year olds, and 78.4% of 16 to 17 years olds. 21.5% of teenagers chose the «Parents tell me which sites I can visit and which I must not» answer, 9% said they «Can only access the Internet if an adult is present», and 3.2% picked the «Parents forbid me to access the Internet» answer.

Nearly a quarter (28.3%) of all young Internet users claim that, when faced with an online conflict, they tend to resolve it on their own. 31.9% ask their parents for help. 15.4% admit when things get uncomfortable they simply go offline or turn the computer off. 11.2% ask their friends to give them a hand.