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The vast majority of UK children live in a home with a broadband connection, a new report has revealed.

Research conducted by Ofcom found that 91 per cent of people aged under the age of 16 have internet access through a laptop or PC.

This represents a slight rise on 2010, when 87 per cent of children were able to access the web in their own home.

In the 12-15 age category, 93 per cent of minors said they use the internet, compared with 85 per cent of 8-11s and 65 per cent of 5-7-year-olds.

Ed Richards, Chief Executive Officer at Ofcom, said the almost universal use of the internet at home by 12-15s – both for their education as well as their entertainment – is "a positive step forward".

"The research also shows that parents and children are increasingly aware of how to be safe when using the internet," he noted. "But risks do remain."

Mr Richards claimed better understanding – among parents as well as their children – is key to helping people to manage content and communications.

This enables them to enjoy the benefits of media use while protecting themselves from the potential dangers, he added.

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