Saturday 20 January 2018

Parents 'can't keep up' with what children doing online

Only one in three parents feel confident around protecting their children from digital dangers. Stock Image
Only one in three parents feel confident around protecting their children from digital dangers. Stock Image
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Parents are simply overwhelmed by the challenges they face keeping children safe online, according to an internet safety charity.

New research published ahead of Safer Internet Day, today, shows that only one in three parents feel confident around protecting their children from digital dangers.

CyberSafeIreland says parents often tell them the biggest barrier for them is a lack of knowledge and a feeling they "can't keep up" with what their kids are doing.

The charity has launched a video aimed at bridging the knowledge gap and empowering parents to take simple steps to address online safety at home.

Cybercrime expert and co-founder of CyberSafeIreland, Cliona Curley, said it was "absolutely critical that parents become more engaged in their children's online lives". She said one of its objectives was "to de-mystify internet safety for parents and to help move them beyond feeling overwhelmed".

Its advice to parents includes starting a conversation with children as soon as they show an interest in a digital device, check out apps and games and agree rules.

Irish Independent

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