Parents Care Less

Mar 19, 2013

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In 2010, the first apron strings were cut over parental control, with only 37 percent at the time claiming they had any solutions in place. This represented a drop from 43 percent in 2009.

Parents that don’t have parental control software mainly say it’s either because they trust their child or because they are supervising their child themselves.  The latter explanation doesn't seem to be very encouraging since many parents admit being less technically savvy than their kids.  In fact, Ofcom believes half of parents with kids between 5 and 15 who use the Internet at home haven't got the foggiest compared to their child.

Also, a study suggests that among 12 to 15 year olds, 35 percent own a smartphone and 23 percent go online via a games console.  And 41 percent access the internet in their bedroom, up from 31 percent in 2009. The survey does not detail the percentage of teenage boys who go online in their bedroom.

See no evil…hear no evil? The study suggests parents are seemingly less concerned or just unable to keep up with how their children use the Internet. 

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