Nine out of ten parents worry about what their children see online

Almost nine in ten Irish parents are concerned about the content their child may see online and half are concerned about a lack of control over their internet use.

A new survey today reveals several reasons for concern among parents, with 80 percent worried about their children’s exposure to strangers online.

Meanwhile, 66 percent are afraid of explicit content, and just over half (52 percent) are concerned that their children may be unknowingly victims of a cyber attack or online virus.

To mark the launch of Secure Net, a new digital protection product, Vodafone Ireland conducted a survey of public concerns and behavior regarding online security
and security.

It found that many of us aren’t as comfortable online as we’d like, with two-thirds (66 percent) admitting they’re concerned about our online safety and not feeling confident about how we feel can protect.

It was also found that 88 percent of parents are concerned about their children online.

According to a study of 750 parents of children between the ages of four and 14, around 69 percent of children use connected devices every day, and almost two-thirds (62 percent) are online for one to three hours a day.

John Church, Managing Director of ISPCC Childline said: “Technology and the internet are almost completely embedded in the lives of our children today. As a result, they only have a few opportunities to switch off completely.

“It is important that children and young people, with the support of their parents and carers, talk about how best to ensure they are safe online. That interaction could include conversations about managing the type of content they engage with and setting time limits on internet access.”

Claire Reynolds, Head of Consumer Marketing Segments at Vodafone Ireland, said: “At Vodafone we are committed to making our customers’ lives easier… We are excited to provide technology that gives parents more control over their children’s activities and accessibility with features enabled like focus time, content filtering, pause and bedtime.”

For those looking for more information and guidance, the Digital Ready Hub developed by ISPCC and the Vodafone Ireland Foundation is an always available resource. Nine out of ten parents worry about what their children see online

Fry Electronics Team

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