BitDefender Online Survey Reveals One-In-Three Canadian Moms Don’t Know Which Social Networking Sites Their Kids Use
Identifies five popular social networking sites parents need to be aware of
According to a recent online survey commissioned by BitDefender®, an award-winning provider of innovative internet security solutions, 94 percent of Canadian moms claim they know what their children are doing online, but nearly 30 percent don’t know which social networking sites their kids are members of. Moreover, nearly 60 percent don’t use parental control software to help monitor their children’s online activities.
The online survey queried more than 500 Canadian moms on what they know about their kids’ online activities. When asked what social networking sites their kids are members of, more than 60 percent identified Facebook® while less than 10 percent noted eSpin, Friendster, Imbee, Togetherville or KidLinkz. Twenty-eight percent admitted they don’t know which social networking sites their kids use.
“Parents are not always aware that the explosion of social networking sites has created new dangers to our kids, increasingly exposing them to cyber bullying, inappropriate content or photos, molestation and even abduction,” said Catalin Cosoi, BitDefender Lab’s senior researcher.
The survey also found that while Canadian moms are confident they know what their kids do online, this includes potentially harmful activities: For instance, 16 percent are aware that their kids had an argument online; 18 percent noted their kids have chatted with someone they don’t know in the real world; 12 percent are aware their kids have downloaded music illegally; and 10 percent said their child has created a profile using a different name, age or personal information.
BitDefender has identified five popular social networking sites that should be on every Canadian parent’s radar: