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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Parents Abandon Children to the Internet

Despite the fact that parents admit they are worried about the influence the Internet may have on their kids, the recent report issued by McAfee says that a lot of 5-year-olds already own or use Internet enabled electronic devices.

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The study in question surveyed two thousand parents of kids between 5 and 15 years old. 60% of the respondents regularly let their children go to the Internet without their supervision. The results of the survey reveal that 25% of kids aged 5 have been left alone at the computer with Internet access, as well as 40% of 6-year-olds. More than 50% of 7-year-olds were also said to be left to their PCs.

In the meantime, the research found out that around 17% of parents were shocked to find their kids on inappropriate portals like those containing adult content, information about eating disorders, as well as on social networks. 14% of kids under 10 have admitted in a conversation with their parents that they accidentally ended up on pornographic images.

According to McAfee report, most of the parents agree that the worldwide web poses a threat, the bigger one than 5 years ago. Although having worries about the material available on the Internet, 50% of the surveyed adults didn’t bother to do anything to protect their children from this threat. Moreover, around 30% of respondents told McAfee that it’s the media’s responsibility to not let their children end up on porno sites.

Of course, it’s easy to imagine a teenager figuring out an iPad effortlessly, but the industry still takes such results with a pinch of salt. The matter is that with such kind of study it is very easy to make sure the results match the agenda, especially given the fact that McAfee offers everyone the Family Protection suite of software.

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