Parents the world over share common concerns about their children’s growing use of technology, but embrace education and parental-engagement to help limit the risks, according to Trend Micro.
The findings were reflected in the security company’s Global Consumer Technology Use and Security Study. 1419 parents across seven countries – including Australia, Brazil, France, India, Japan, the UK, and the US, were questioned on how their kids access the Internet and the steps taken to safeguard their online usage.
The survey revealed parents understood the risks of technology’s impact on their children and allowed them the privileges of owning smartphones and using social networks at early ages. However, they also took an active role in guiding and overseeing their children’s technology and Internet use.
Key findings from the survey include:
- 81 per cent of Australian parents indicate that their children’s online privacy on social networking sites is important to them
- Only 46 per cent of Australian parents feel safe about their children using the Internet and social networking sites
- The average age of children using a social networking site is 12, with 56 per cent of them owning their own online account
- 71 per cent of Australian parents are online friends with their children on social networking sites
- The average age of Australian children using smartphones is 13; the lowest is in Brazil with an average age of 12.
Trend Micro Asia-Pacific product marketing manager, Tina Su, said, “This study is encouraging as it shows consistent parental involvement – which is the first step toward responsible, tech-savvy kids. The next step is to make sure parents are getting the right facts and resources so they can, in turn, guide their kids.”
Note: This is vendor-sponsored research and should be considered as such.