What we’re reading: A new report on awareness, attitudes, and use of online parental controls from the Family Online Safety Institute
Among the main findings:
- Parents generally feel their children are safe online, but confidence declines the older the child and the more time he or she spends online.
- When it comes to various online activities, parents express the most concern about their children viewing sexually explicit content online—70% say they are very/somewhat concerned. Other top concerns include communicating with a stranger online (61%) and visiting Web sites with inappropriate content (61%).
- Fully 96% of parents surveyed say they have had a conversation with their child about what to do and not to do online.
- Top concerns about children’s online safety relate to personal safety online, and significant concern also is expressed about spam and their child spending too much time online.
- 53% of parents say they have used parental control technologies to assist them in monitoring their child’s Internet usage.
Read more at FOSI.org
The research consisted of a nationwide telephone survey among 702 parents of children ages eight to 17 who access the Internet, and was conducted by Hart Research Associates. Interviewing was conducted from July 8 to 16, 2011, with a margin of error of ±3.7 percentage points.
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