Parents keep tech tabs on kids

Herald on Sunday Aug 8, 2010

More than half of parents keep an eye on their children by checking their social networking online and nearly a third snoop at text messages on children’s mobile phones, according to a new poll. The survey of 500 parents, conducted for the Herald on Sunday, with children aged under 20 living in the Auckland region queried the rules they had for their teenagers regarding sex, alcohol use, the internet and mobile phones. Most respondents who checked on their children’s technology use did so out of curiosity, to keep up to date, check language was appropriate and to watch for bullying.