Parents Aren’t As Worried About Pornography

Aug 06, 2014

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In 2001, parents’ biggest concern about children using the Internet was adult pornography. Things have changed in the last 13 years.

Although the possibility of being exposed to adult pornography is still worrisome to parents (ranked No. 2 as one of the biggest worries) parents are most concerned about children being exposed to dangerous people.

Over the last decade, the amount of sexual predators has risen and the Internet is where they flock. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia, states that about 1 out of every 7 kids have been sexually solicited online; This is not all that surprising knowing that at any given moment, there are 750,000 pedophiles online.

Social media can be a very dangerous place for children and teens. Predators can target children directly in chat rooms; however, with social media profiles, they can groom and learn about them without even saying a word. Social media profiles include a host of information including photos, school, personal interest, sports team, and much more. 

Despite all of these worries and concerns, there are still many parents who are passively letting it happen. Out of the 1,000 people that were surveyed, 30 percent admitted they don’t monitor their child’s online activities and 40 percent do not use parental control software.

As a whole, the surveyed group agreed that it was the parent’s responsibility to protect children online.

Parental controls provide a thorough and effective way to protect children and block any unwanted solicitors. Net Nanny Social specializes in monitoring social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Parents can see who is messaging, and friend requesting their child in addition to anything posted on their child’s profile.

The Internet does not have to be an unsafe place. Take the necessary steps to protect your child.

Source: http://www.thejournal.ie/children-internet-safety-2-1534957-Jun2014/