A new website went live this weekwhich claims to gauge your online experience to work out your 'internet age".
The site – www.myinternetage.com – has been developed by communications company Orange.
It evaluates the amount of time you spend online, what kind of sites you visit – and how often you visit them – plus your exposure and attitude towards online safety. The answers help define a person’s internet age using a scale which runs from 0-16, reflecting the number of years the internet has been around.
Experienced internet users will sit at the higher end of the scale, with newcomers to the internet placed towards the lower end.
The site has been developed to quantify the different generational attitudes to the internet and, for the first time, put hard figures against the way people of different ages use the web.
The information will be used to help Orange create a new internet safety education module which will be used in schools across the UK in the 2008-09 school year.
The website was developed in association with Dr Jo Bryce from the University of Central Lancashire’s Cyberspace Research Unit. The results will form part of a detailed, lengthy study by Orange to encourage safe and responsible use of the internet.
Christele Delbe, Head of CSR for Orange, said: "The site offers people a fun way of working out their internet age and makes sure they understand their own attitude to online safety."
Dr Jo Bryce is the co-ordinator of the UK national awareness node for child safety on the internet and is the project lead for the EU funded research projects ISCA and INSAFE, both funded by the EU Safer Internet Plan.