Australian parents not doing enough to protect children online, revealed Microsoft "For Safety's Sake" research

Microsoft's "For Safety's Sake" research, found that while two thirds of Australian parents surveyed are concerned about the safety of their kids online, more than 60% allow their children to surf the net unsupervised and unrestricted at home. One fifth Australian parents surveyed have caught their children looking at unsavoury material online, almost one third […]

Microsoft's "For Safety's Sake" research, found that while two thirds of Australian parents surveyed are concerned about the safety of their kids online, more than 60% allow their children to surf the net unsupervised and unrestricted at home. One fifth Australian parents surveyed have caught their children looking at unsavoury material online, almost one third have found children chatting to strangers, 36% caught their kids downloading software without permission and another 12% found children handing over personal details. Despite two thirds surveyed allowing their children free reign to web at home, 52% believe that online danger is more likely to occur at a friend's house. Survey revealed that in spite of concerns for online safety we’re stilln’t doing enough to educate and help protect our children: “More than two thirds Australian parents admit they know only a few of their children's online friends; another 11% admit they’re totally in dark, knowing none of their children's online friends; Only 58% house computer in a public area of the home; 20% haven’t discussed online safety with their children; More than 60% are aware their computer has parental control software available – yet less than a third of all parents monitor their children's activity online,” says Microsoft.

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