Do You KNOW What Your Kid Is Doing On The Internet?
It’s a scary thought.
My son is 11 years old, and there is no question that he gets on the computer more than I do. Even though I monitor what he does pretty closely – a parent can’t be there every second of the day.
And sometimes, kids go to websites that they are not supposed to go to.
A new survey of American teenagers’ Internet behavior out Monday (June 25th) from online security company McAfee found that more teens are hiding their online activity from their parents.
McAfee spokesman Robert Siciliano said, “There’s a lot more to do on the Internet today, which ultimately means there’s a lot more to hide,” citing the major growth in social media and wider availability of ad-supported porn as two factors that have led teens to hide what they do online.
The increasing use of smart phones with Internet capability also means teens are more able to hide their online activity. Among the tactics teens reported that they use are clearing their browser history, closing or minimizing browser windows when a parent walks in, hiding or deleting instant messages or videos, and using a computer they know their parents won’t check.
How can your kid have a computer you don’t check?
True or not, three in four parents say they’ve had a conversation about online safety with their kids. I have, too.
If you have not – you might want to have that talk with your kid, asap!
For their safety – and so you don’t go nuts!