Young People In The U.K. Go Online For Advice

U.K. kids favor Internet over parents for help

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The majority (86%) of young people in Britain go online to find help with personal problems, instead of seeking advice from a family member or friend.

The findings come from a poll of 1,000 people under 25 commissioned by Get Connected, a national helpline line in the UK, and conducted by Maximiles Surveys.

Online one third of young people would turn to their mother to discuss a problem and just 5 percent would speak to their father. Fifty percent did say they would be likely to talk to a friend.

More than half (53%) of young people who have surfed the Internet to search for help with a problem found the information actually made them more concerned they were before. Only 18 percent said they would double check any information they found online with another source like a friend or parent.

"These results show that there is a need for young people to be able to verify the information that they find online, and in many cases that the vast amount of information available on the Internet seems to exacerbate their personal worries further," said Andrew McKnight, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Get Connected.


  "As a society we have become increasingly reliant on the Internet as a first point of reference for a lot of information, and it is crucial that we make Britain’s young people aware of exactly where they can turn to for dependable information and support. Get Connected is the safe gateway to these services."

Young people’s preference for using the Internet to look for advice is reflected by the continued increase in incoming contacts online to Get Connected over the past year. Since the launch of its Web chat service in 2006, almost one in ten (8%) of all enquiries are now made via instant messaging. More young people (13%) are also choosing to contact the charity for help and support through email.

"Young people in Britain have grown up with the internet and mass communication engrained as a part of their daily lives," said Fiona Clark, Chief Executive, Get Connected.

"Beyond their family and friends they need trusted sources to help them make an informed choice, whatever the problem may be."


Young People In The U.K. Go Online For Advice
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  • http://www.merlinsltd.com John burns

    Its a shame that todays generation can not ask advice from there parents the divide between parents and there children is getting wider.

  • http://www.websitemarketing-tips.com/ Rob Brideson

    I have to admit having grown up with the internet from its early age I too as an older user tend to turn to the internet for instant information.

    The difference here is that the information I glean from the internet is filtered through my years of experience and usually from authoritative sources. I am all too aware that sources can contradict and sometimes be totally wrong.

    I am not saying that 18 or even 20 somethings are not able to determine or even recognise authoritative narratives or advice but it may well be something that the under 18’s may find difficult to discern and possibly fall foul of the very advice they choose to follow.

    Whilst I agree that there is a good amount of solid advice online, nothing beats informed and experienced advice from one’s parents. I have to admit that even when I was a young lad I found it difficult to take advice from my parents but at that time the internet had not even been invented during that time. A balance should really be struck even if it is bouncing ideas off parents.

    The younger generation have the advantage these days of good solid advice online so long as they can determine what is good advice and what is bad advice and not just something that suits their needs and is the contrary to their parents beliefs and wants for their offspring.

    There are many pitfalls, and like any other thing in life, you should be sure of the advice you choose to follow as the consequences could become quite ugly.

  • http://www.besttoaster.org Bestto aster

    It really is sad when you read facts like this. I think the Uk has become hardened in a way that the younger generation feel emotions and feelings need to be kept at bay, or hidden from society. I for one as growing up in the UK found it difficult to get advice on some issues. I think mostchildren feel they can’t turn to there parents in the believe they are out of touch with the new generation. What might be accepatble today wasn’t many years ago.

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