UK parents take precautions of kids’ online activity
It has been revealed in a recent report that UK parents are taking the most precautions when it comes to their kids getting online to surf the Internet.
The increasing uptake of broadband services in the UK has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of kids that have access to the internet. This can be very beneficial for kids, as it gives them access to valuable tools and resources for educational purposes as well as the ability to socialise more effectively, keep in touch with friends and family, and enjoy entertainment at home.
However, the internet can also be a danger for many kids, and there are many risks associated with kids having unrestricted access to the Internet. A recent study has indicated that parents are aware of this and are trying to filter their kids’ internet usage. According to the study results parents in the UK are taking the most precautions when it comes to letting their kids go online to surf.
The study was performed by the London School of Economics, and showed that around fifty four percent of parents in the UK were blocking or restricting their kids’ access to the internet in some way. In addition to this around seventy percent of parents said that they spoke to their kids about the online activities and habits. A further fifty eight percent said that they made sure that their kids surfed in an environment where they could keep an eye on what they were doing.
The government has been trying to provide more advice and resources for parents who are worried about the online activities that their kids engage in, and who want to take control of the situation. The online security suite NetIntelligence has been given its first Child Safety Online Kitemark, which means that parents can install and use the filter to block out certain material and sites.
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