Fears for child net surfers

Herald Sun March 17, 2010

MOST parents are doing a poor job when it comes to protecting children online, according to alarming new research. The study, conducted by Microsoft, showed a staggering 65 per cent of parents took no precautions while their kids surfed the internet. In fact, 60 per cent of parents allowed their children online without any supervision or restrictions. Consequently, one in five parents have caught their children looking at unsavoury and inappropriate material while almost a third found them chatting to strangers.

The research also showed 36 per cent of parents discovered their children had downloaded software without permission while a further 12 per cent had found their kids had handed out personal information. Microsoft Australia chief security adviser Stuart Strathdee said parents could not afford to be ignorant about their children’s online activities.