What attitude do parents have about monitoring their children's online safety? Cyber security organization ESET shared the report of the Family Online Safety Institute. Accordingly, young parents feel 'less responsible' for online control than older parents. Parents, on the other hand, mostly block adult content through these software.
Parental control software (Parental Control) offers parents the opportunity to filter, monitor and restrict their children's content on the internet according to their age and risk status. UK-based non-governmental organization Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI); published a report on parents' attitudes towards the use of parental control software. ESET Senior Security Specialist Tony Anscombe scrutinized this report and shared the details of the report, citing his experiences.
Young parents feel less responsible
According to the report, parents' attitudes towards control software vary by age. 1946 percent of their parents born between 1964 and 57, descended from the Baby Boomers generation, believe that "the parent has the most responsibility." 1965 percent of generation X (born 1980-43) parents believe the parents are responsible, and only 30 percent of younger (millennial) parents believe the parent is responsible.
Today, the education systems of many countries include many issues such as privacy, security, and combating cyberbullying in their curriculums. In one respect, this explains the fact that today's parents think that parents and children have a joint responsibility for online safety.
Privacy has become more important in social media
Security and privacy features on social media platforms have changed significantly since the internet became popular in the early years of the millennium. Previously, privacy was an option you had to make an informed decision. You chose whether your profile was locked or not. Most, if not all, settings today are offered by default with privacy at the forefront. There are also procedures and options by which you can report unacceptable content or cyberbullying. Social media companies had to make changes in line with pressure from governments and users.
Parents' conversations are more effective
Another interesting point stated in the report is that young people think that the content taught about digital security at school is not up-to-date and parent conversations are more effective. As parents, we can talk about these topics today, but teachers need to follow the topics in the curriculum and often the topics are likely to be out of date until they go through the approval processes and mechanisms. It is impossible for us to get ahead in this regard, as technology and popular applications change very quickly. In addition, it would be fairer for us to see the education system as a process that determines the general principles of online security rather than real-world use.
Most adult content is blocked
The report notes that adult content is at the top of the use of digital parenting tools. More than half of the respondents think this is necessary. Adult content; Movies rated R or X are defined as adult websites and sexually explicit broadcasts. Second is the privacy settings. Especially parents with children in adolescence pay attention to this issue.
Control software is mostly used in the 7-11 age range
On the other hand, most parents (71%) are not satisfied with the tool they use to keep their kids safe online. It is also stated in the survey that the parents of children between the ages of 7 and 11 are mostly concerned about the age-appropriate video content for the same age group, using digital tools to ensure their children's online safety. Parents desire to maintain parental controls by taking a one stop shop and using a single source. This is quite understandable when we consider the many different tools children use and the complexity of the services.
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