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E-safety a looming issue as schools enter the digital schoolyard.And parents should talk to children about cyber-safety and e-privacy when on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter, warns Telstra.

More than a third of 10-17 year olds will possess a laptop and mobile at school this year, according to those surveyed. 

This comes as a survey which also revealed parents are failing to equip their children with the wisdom to protect them from online hazards posed by the digital age. 

20% of parents said they never spoken their kids about dangers posed by living in the online world .  

“In this digital age, internet connected devices such as laptops, mobile phones and mobile tablets can be just as important to learning as paper, pens and text books,” said Darren Kane, Telstra’s Officer of Internet Trust and Safety.        

“Our research shows …some are forgetting to equip them with the skills required to use these tools safely – an essential part of a positive online experience.”

NSW had the highest uptake of mobiles and laptops among school goers with almost half possessing the e-quipment while SA and WA had some of the lowest.  

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