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Published: 19th Jul 2011

The majority of parents in Scotland, some of whom may have a satellite broadband connection, feel confident in letting their children use the internet.

This is according to the results of new research conducted by Ofcom, which found mums and dads in the country are less concerned about potential online risks than those in other parts of the UK.

A total of 81 per cent of Scottish parents said they have enough knowledge to help their youngsters stay safe when browsing the web.

Furthermore, 50 per cent claimed they are not concerned about who their child talks to via the internet and 56 per cent have no worries regarding the accidental downloading of harmful software.

Overall, 70 per cent of mums and dads in Scotland believe the benefits of going online far outweigh any risks.

This news comes after chief executive officer of Childnet International Will Gardner said older generations should familiarise themselves with social networking websites so they are aware of what their kids are looking at.