Dennis the Menace gets first cellphone in new comic – to highlight online dangers

Phone pranks, downloading a video of her cousin Minnie the Minx without her consent, and downloading age-inappropriate apps are some of her antics.

But it appears he may not be aware of the online dangers he might face.

The special edition of the comic – a collaboration between Beano and EE – was launched after a survey of 1,000 parents, with children aged between eight and 16, revealed that six in ten fear their children don’t know how to protect themselves from online dangers.

Sharing their location with strangers, being cyberbullied, and inadvertently sharing personal information that could lead to fraud are all things parents think their kids might do without realizing the consequences.

And while almost half (46%) of mums and dads try to educate their offspring as much as possible, a quarter are unsure or definitely don’t know enough about online safety either.

Only 35% of parents check their child’s phone weekly to make sure they are safe online.

But more than half (57%) admitted they avoided checking their child’s social media profiles because they were worried about what they were doing.

Additionally, 38% of parents whose children have a phone believe their child knows more about using technology than they do.

Parental controls (46%), two-factor authentication (37%) and anti-virus software (28%) are all security measures that some parents put in place to try to protect their children online.

Parents think a third (32%) of their child’s life takes place online – and 66% think online safety should be a bigger part of the school curriculum.

Of those who took part in OnePoll’s survey, more than half (52%) don’t think they would be able to survive in today’s online world as a child.

To solve this problem, EE created the “PhoneSmart License” – an online course educating kids from all mobile network providers on how to stay safe and be nice online.

It was created in partnership with experts at Internet Matters, with the aim of giving parents “extra peace of mind when their children enter the online world”.

Mat Sears, Director of Corporate Affairs, Consumer Division, said, “As a lifelong Beano fan, it’s been a real joy to see characters I’ve loved take on the same challenges that all parents face. face when their children explore the online world.

“From learning who to trust online to knowing which apps and games are safer to use, our comics offer parents and children a fun and engaging way to learn how to use their phone safely.”


  1. Sharing their location
  2. Being cyber bullied
  3. Inadvertently sharing personal data that could lead to fraud
  4. Download apps or games that are inappropriate for their age
  5. Share address
  6. Sharing bank details
  7. Staying up too late to navigate
  8. Getting “doxxed” – having your address widely revealed online
  9. Spend a fortune on an online game
  10. be mean to someone online