Cox survey: Parents doing better job of monitoring Internet safety

Every year they do a survey and every year I love to report the results. While the findings are positive, there is still a definite need for computer monitoring software like our PC Pandora illustrated in the results… Some of the important stuff is thus:

The survey results showed a gap between what tweens are doing online and what their parents believe they are doing, including:

  • 82 percent of parents surveyed considered themselves very knowledgeable about what their tween does online, and for the most part, believed their tween practices safe online behavior. However, many of the tweens surveyed admitted to engaging in risky online behavior, including breaking the rules, accessing inappropriate content and covering their tracks as they go – often unbeknownst to parents.
  • 44 percent admitted they’ve looked at or watched something online that their parents wouldn’t approve of (only 28 percent of parents were aware of this).
  • 34 percent lied to parents about what they’ve done online (only 18 percent of parents were aware of this).

Lastly, many children were facing online risks without their parents’ knowledge:

  • 42 percent have received a personal message from someone they didn’t know (only 22 percent of parents were aware of this).
  • 17 percent have received an email or online message with pictures or words that made them feel uncomfortable (only 7 percent of parents were aware of this).
  • 12 percent have already been bullied by someone online (only 6 percent of parents were aware of this).

Some serious statistics to think about… read the article here –>

June 6, 2012
Cox survey: Parents doing better job of monitoring Internet safety
Mike Robuck, CED Magazine

According to a recent survey by Cox Communications and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), parents are doing a better job of monitoring their children’s online behavior on home computers, but there needs to be improvement to keep kids safer when they use mobile and other connected devices.

The survey focused on Internet use by “tweens,” which it defined as kids between the ages of 10 and 13. The survey found that parents have ramped up monitoring their children’s online behavior at home by talking to them and setting guidelines and restrictions for Internet use on home computers.

While online safety has improved on the home front, the plethora of Internet-connected devices, which includes smartphones, game consoles, handheld games and tablets, has created other online challenges for parents. The average family uses five Internet-enabled devices at home. Read more ›


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