Online bullying and access to adult content worries parent’s most about technology
Technology has come a long way in the last decade and now even children are using mobile phones and tablets to search the internet and keep in touch with their friends and families. Online voucher site My Voucher Codes wanted to find out what parents feared most about their children using this technology and found that the majority of parents were most worried about online bullying and access to adult content.
Other concerns that came high up on the list included sharing inappropriate images, grooming and addiction to social media. As part of My Voucher Codes ongoing research into the impact of social media and technology on our lives, they asked parents to rate a range of issues related to technology from not worried at all to extremely worried.
The results are below:
- Online bullying (58% extremely worried)
- Access to adult content (49% extremely worried)
- Sharing inappropriate images (49% extremely worried)
- Grooming (48% concerned)
- Access to extremism (44% concerned)
- Addiction to social media (57% concerned)
- Effects on education (66% concerned)
- Privacy (55% concerned)
- Effect on long term health (49% concerned)
- Running up huge bills (65% not worried at all)
While parents were concerned about online bullying, access to adult content and sharing appropriate image online, the majority were not worried about their children running up huge bills on their tablets and smartphones.
My Voucher codes also asked those surveyed what they were doing to protect their children from the above issues. The majority of parents said that they would look into blocking adult content via their router to stop their children accessing it. Parents also said that they relied on a certain amount of trust that their children could talk to them about any issues they were having online in regards to bullying and grooming.
Many parent also stated that they have or were planning on talking to their children about the dangers of sharing inappropriate images and privacy online, while some said that they will monitor their children’s online habits, as well as monitor who they were in contact with.
Rebecca from www.mrsmumsie.com talked about her experience with children and the internet saying:
“Before I began working for ChildLine I did not fear the internet half as much as I do now. I frequently take calls from children who have been seriously affected by bullying on social media, online grooming, and graphic images etc. It is actually frightening how vulnerable children specifically are online.”
Mark Pearson, founder of My Voucher Codes, also commented on the study, he said:
“Looking at how bullies can attack easily online and how inappropriate things are shared online, we are not surprised to see these have parents most worried. In an age where technology is always evolving, we are not surprised that the main concern for parents is privacy. We have seen from previous research that young people can be quite naive when it comes to what they do online and share on social media.”
He added, “Recently many service providers are by default blocking adult content, which reduces the risk of children accessing and viewing something they shouldn’t. However there is a certain amount of responsibility on parents to not only monitor what their children do online but also educating them the dangers they could face.”