79% of eight year olds own a smart device and almost half are already using social media and messaging apps.
That's according to new research from Cyber Safe Ireland on Safer Internet Day 2019 which aims to highlight the importance of using the internet responsibly.
The research also found that 40% of 8 to 10 year olds are speaking to strangers online, while 24% are playing over 18s games.
Online gaming makes up 40 per cent of all online activity.
More than a third of that age group though are rarely or never talking to their own parents about online safety.