Teenagers online for 31 hours a week

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Teenagers are spending a staggering 31 hours a week online, a survey shows. One in three admits trying to hide what they are looking at if a parent comes into the room.

Research involving 1,000 children shows they spend one hour and 40 minutes a week on average looking at porn sites. Information about cosmetic surgery is also an interest, with youngsters spending just over an hour looking at items such as how to enlarge breasts and collagen implants.

But the good news is that they are also spending at least three hours a week trying to seek help with homework, although examiners believe many may just copy what they find without understanding the subject, shows the survey by www.cybersentinel.co.uk, which provides software solutions allowing parents to block access to certain sites.