How concerned are you about your child’s online safety?

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As students head back to school with mobile devices and laptops in hand, we asked parents about how safe they feel setting their digital natives free on the Internet.

Here’s what we found out:

  1. How concerned are you about your child’s safety online?
    • Not concerned 6%
    • Somewhat concerned 44%
    • Very concerned 50%
  2. Are you more or less concerned about your child’s safety online than you were in the past?
    • More concerned 82%
    • Less concerned 18%
  3. Are you more concerned about your child’s online safety at school or at home?
    • School 53%
    • Home 47%
  4. What are you most concerned about in regards to your child’s online safety (choose from below):
    • Encountering predatory individuals on social networks or forums 63%
    • Contracting dangerous viruses or malware which can compromise personal or financial data 23%
    • Lack of exercise/dangers of extended PC use to physical health 13%
  5.  Do you feel you know where to find information about how to keep kids safe online?
    • Yes 58%
    • Somewhat 37%
    • No 5%

Here’s  a quick analysis of the results.

1) Despite most people knowing where and how to find info to keep kids safe online (58%), 94% are still concerned about their child’s safety online, with the majority of that group describing themselves as ‘very concerned’. Also, the vast majority of parents (82%) are more concerned about their child’s safety online now vs in the past.

2) Parents are approximately  three times more concerned about their children encountering predatory individuals online vs contracting malware which could compromise financial or personal data (63% vs 23%)

3) Parents are nearly twice as concerned about their children encountering viruses and other malware online than the potential negative effects of extended computer use, such as muscle strain or obesity.

Cheers,

Anna

CC image by Tim & Selena Middleton

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