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Cornish Children Watching Pirated Movies - And Parents Have No Idea

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2:33pm 8th August 2013
(Updated 2:33pm 8th August 2013)

A third of children in the southwest have admitted their parents do not know what they are watching on their smartphones.

Almost half of eleven to fifteen year-old's said they will use them for movies this summer.

A fifth revealed they will get them from pirate websites with no age ratings.

Mum Jo from Callington, said: "You've only got to type in a couple of words and the internet will just bring it up as something completely inappropriate. So that's why he's always with me if he goes on the internet, unless he's at school or at a friends house, then there's nothing much I can really do about it then.

"Removing their phones from them when they go to be at night, I think. I had a conversation with my husband about a friend of mine whose son is fourteen and that's what she's doing now, because otherwise they're texting at midnight and watching something that you wouldn't want them to watch."

In fact a third of youngsers asked said they would not want their little brothers and sisters doing the same thing.

Liz Bales helped do the study, and said: "We've moved from a culture where everybody watches the TV in the living room, to a culture where young children particularly are watching films on their laptops, their ipads, their smartphones. And that makes it much, much harder for parents to keep that watchful eye on what their children are doing.

Liz added illegal downloads do not carry age ratings: "When children are accessing pirated website, those sites don't contain that information and so what lots of young children have actually said to us is that they've proceeded to watch films which have disturbed them."

2:33pm 8th August 2013

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