A survey published today shows half of Irish children use the internet for more than an hour a day.

The report entitled EU Kids Online was carried out by state agency the National Council for Technology in Education.

It also reveals that Irish teenagers have lower levels of exposure to risk compared to their European counterparts.

Just under 1,000 Irish children took part in the survey, which marks Safer Internet Day.

Simon Grehan of the National Centre of Technology in Education says Irish children are generally aware of the possible online dangers.

Mr Grehan said Irish children are less likely to encounter risks because they spend less time on the internet.

He also said that Irish parents are more involved in their children's internet use and 90% of households have rules in place.