Parents check up on children’s online activity

More than half of parents check up on their children’s online activity, including looking at their Facebook page, sent emails and their internet history, a study has revealed.

More than half of parents check up on their children’s online activity, including looking at their Facebook page, sent emails and their internet history, a study has revealed.
  
The study of 2,000 parents found that 55 per cent ’keep an eye’ on a son or daughter by checking their social networking profile, with a further one in twenty saying ‘they would if they knew how’.
 
Four in ten parents admitted to regularly checking their children’s social media status updates, 39 per cent use Facebook to see who’s been posting messages to their children and 29 per cent look through tagged images.
 
More than a third say they are over-protective, but 24 per cent believe that it’s the only way they can really see what their child is up to.
 
It also emerged 11 per cent have even set up a Facebook account for the sole purpose of snooping on a son or daughter. Over a third of parents say they check up on their child because they want to know the sort of people they are mixing with.
 
Sixteen  per cent of parents have attempted to ‘friend’ their child on Facebook and yet 30 per cent have had their friend request rejected.  Thirteen per cent log in using a friend’s account to check up on their kids.
 
Seventy-six per cent of parents say they check internet history to ensure children aren’t visiting unsuitable websites, 21 per cent check instant messaging history and 23 per cent root through the sent folder on email accounts.
 
While 14 per cent claim they are just being ‘nosy’, a significant 41 per cent are worried that their computer might be infected by a virus or malware if a child visits an insecure site or registers for an illegitimate service.
 





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