MORE than half of parents believe their kids are more digitally savvy than themselves – as six in 10 have bypassed parental controls.
The study of 2,000 parents with children between the ages of seven and 17 found that 40 percent of these parents recognized that their offspring had an advanced understanding if they were more technologically literate than they were.
But this superior ability to navigate the digital world worries 55 percent of these parents.
Spending money without their knowledge (59 percent), accessing inappropriate content (50 percent) and speaking to strangers (37 percent) are among the top concerns.
To keep up, 42 percent spend time learning how to use their devices, and 39 percent do as much research as they can about online safety.
But despite concerns, nearly one in four (23 percent) don’t bother with parental controls, as 24 percent of them believe their child will just avoid them anyway.
However, more than a fifth (21 percent) of this group admit they just don’t know how to set it up properly.
The study was commissioned by Avast as part of its Back to School campaign, which aims to educate parents so they can help their children surf the web safely – here.
Jaya Baloo, the online security and antivirus software provider’s chief information security officer, said: “Parenting in 2022 is becoming increasingly complex – children are exposed to the internet from a young age and a variety of devices that give them access it.
“We understand that children are also facing social pressures to connect with their friends online on various, sometimes questionable social platforms, and that it is becoming increasingly difficult for parents to keep up with technological advances and their children’s ever-increasing knowledge about it to keep.
“Our research shows that parents are naturally concerned that their children know more about the internet than they do, but there are simple steps and easy-to-use tools that parents can use to educate themselves and ensure their children understand the many positive and educational aspects of the internet Internets can enjoy.”
The study also found that 83 percent of children with access to the online world are allowed to use the Internet unsupervised.
And on average, the age of 10 is the point at which they are allowed to go online without mom or dad looking over their shoulder.
But some as young as five are allowed to roam freely online.
67 percent of these parents are worried about what they do without their supervision – however 52 percent admit they don’t have enough time to monitor them constantly.
And two out of three have argued with children about what they do online.
On average, these children have three devices that can access the Internet, while nearly two-fifths (39 percent) have four.
In fact, 57 percent believe this array of technologies can make protecting their online safety more difficult.
It found that 46 percent would like more guidance on cybersecurity and online privacy to keep their child as safe as possible online.
And nearly two in five of those surveyed via OnePoll said easier-to-use privacy products would help them manage their family’s online activity.
Marvyn Harrison, Parenting Influencer and Founder of Dope Black Dads, said: “My kids are four and six years old and are already using a variety of devices with internet access.
“For parents who didn’t grow up with a similar experience, it’s essential to understand how your child uses the internet and ensure they can navigate it safely.
“My children’s generation has so many opportunities to create and enjoy what the world has to offer, all through the power of the internet.
“By making sure we stay up to date with the ever-evolving world of the internet and the security and privacy products on offer, we as parents can help our children to exist as safely as possible online and give ourselves peace of mind .”
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