Shocker: Parents Don't Have A Good Idea Of What Their Kids Do Online
from the attention-gap dept
A new study from the UK says that parents underestimate by half the amount of time their kids spend online, while 81% of those parents surveyed said they had a good idea of what their kids look at online, but just 31% of kids agreed. All this happens in spite of more than half of British parents saying they put filters or other sorts of controls on the PCs their kids use, suggesting that — surprise, surprise — those controls aren’t particularly effective. Furthermore, the survey would seem to indicate that what’s lacking here aren’t technological controls on kids’ online behavior, but rather a lot of parental attention. Trying to outsource parental responsibility to some technological solution isn’t going to work — but the responsibility shouldn’t be to fully or accurately monitor kids’ online behavior (which is largely impossible anyway), it should be to educate kids to protect themselves and behave responsibly on the internet.