Majority of Parents Don’t Use Parental Controls

July 1, 2009 at 11:08 am 1 comment

Research recently published by McAfee, a major player in computer security, found that 80% of parents didn’t use any parental control settings on their home computers. Further, nearly 2/3 of parents surveyed said that they had never talked to their children about online security. And 30% said that they left their children alone in their own bedrooms to surf the web.

Those of us born before, say, 1980, didn’t grown up with the internet, and, therefore, don’t know how the internet appears to children—because we never experienced it at that age. As a result, there is a lack of understanding between what parents understand about internet safety and how children see and use the internet. It can be difficult to talk to your children about internet safety, especially because you have to teach something to them that you learned naturally as an adult.

The internet can be a great tool for learning, information, and entertainment, but it is also a virtual world with little or no rules or laws. If you want to let your children loose in a large world with no consequences, help educate them first about safety and online ethics. Doing so will help keep them safe and teach them how to act in the virtual world.

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  • 1. pcpandoradvocate  |  July 2, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I read this report too and it just doesn’t make sense. It just goes to show you that parents are lazy and clueless today…


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