While kids rarely agree with their parents, they still run to them when things go wrong. This dynamic appears to be changing as social media use becomes more prevalent. Now the question is: Do parents still know their children?
A new report released by McAfee reveals a gap between what kids do online and what their parents believe they do online. The results were based on online interviews of 2,474 parents and children in the US.
At least 95 per cent of young people aged 10 to 23 years of age are registered with at least one social media network, with 87 per cent checking them daily. Parents and kids both agreed that social media is safe but sharing personal data also comes with risks.
However, some of the actual activities of the children surveyed were found to be different from their parents’ perceptions.
For example, only 49 per cent of parents think their kids post photos online when in reality, 66 per cent of them do. Also, 49 per cent of young people said they indicate their school’s name in their account while only 31 per cent of parents think that they do.
There is also a wide gap between the actual and perceived number of kids that post their email address: 50 per cent versus 17 per cent. It is also alarming that only 12 per cent of parents are aware that their kids post intimate information when 32 per cent admitted doing so.
Moreover, 13 per cent of kids admitted being a victim of cruel behaviour online but only six per cent of parents knew about it.
While children face various issues online, many parents said they lack either the time or the skills to check on their children’s online behaviour. As such, the study recommends that parents guide their children in order to cultivate their personalities in the online world.
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