UK parents worry about but don’t monitor kids’ online activities, survey finds 1

Take a look through our articles about the Internet and you’ll already find plenty of examples of parents worried about what their children are up to online.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that another survey has raised similar concerns.

The computer security firm Trend Micro interviewed over 1,000 British parents and teenagers and found out:

  • that over half of parents claim not to have a clue what their children are doing online.
  • only 3% of parents are actively monitoring their child’s Internet activities.
  • 55% of parents said they wished their kids would spend more time learning than on social networks.
  • Nearly three quarters of those surveyed said they were worried that under-18s would lose essential face-to-face and English language skills as a result.

“The best way for a parent to overcome their fears about technology and what their children are up to online is to take the time to have a look at the technology their children are using,” said Will Gardner, CEO, Childnet. “Better still, get them to guide you through it. A conversation on how to keep safe and look after others online is a must.”

“Social interaction online is evolving at a constant and rapid rate and the digital generation know all the tricks of the trade,” said Rik Ferguson, security expert at Trend Micro. “With the summer holidays fast approaching, parents should put simple but effective measures in place to ensure their kids do not fall victim to unnecessary dangers. Parents need to become more tech savvy first before they can start educating their kids on what’s right and wrong.”

Trend Micro’s ten online safety tips are:

  1. Keep all computers in common areas.
  2. Agree to time limits for using the Internet and all social devices.
  3. Keep software security up-to-date.
  4. Talk with your kids about entering personal information online.
  5. Run a manual scan with your software security and check browser history.
  6. Set profiles on social networking sites to private.
  7. Encourage children to be respectful of others.
  8. Teach children to have multiple passwords that are NOT associated with names, nicknames or commonly found information over the net.
  9. Most importantly, keep informed about the latest outbreaks and dangers on the Internet.
  10. Buy Trend Micro internet security 2009. The latest software has enhanced parental controls. This means that parents can better tailor controls depending on the particular family member. New functionalities include the ability to control the date and time each child can go on the Internet and also the option to specify categories of information (such as home addresses, telephone numbers, passwords, etc.) they do not wish to be sent from a computer.

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