“You should worry about what your child can see online!” says online security company
We SHOULD snoop on our children, say parents as 60% confess they read their kids’ emails, texts and Facebook messages
Six out of ten parents admit they regularly read their children’s private emails, texts and Facebook messages, a study revealed today.
Researchers found that, despite the risk of being accused of invading the privacy of their offspring, the majority of mothers and fathers still believe snooping is ‘necessary’ to keep tabs on who their children engage with online.
The study also found one in ten parents have gone as far as to find out their son or daughter’s password, despite their offspring’s best attempts to keep it from them.
The internet is a dangerous place, especially for children – there’s no knowing what they might stumble over. That’s why it’s important, nay crucial, that parents do everything they can to snoop and monitor their child’s internet usage. Fortunately, there are tools to help parents do just that – including tools by the company who paid for this technical paranoia-thon:
But as a result, the poll by internet security firm Bullguard found, as many as one in three parents were wracked with guilt after hacking their child’s email.
Alex Balan of BullGuard said: ‘Parents do face a real moral dilemma as to whether they should check what their children are doing online.
‘It’s understandable to want to keep tabs on the sites that they are visiting but whether to read private emails, texts and messages poses a real quandary for parents.
‘While you want to look out for your child and ensure they are safe you also want them to be technologically savvy and have their own independence.’
Bullguard – who hired Bad PR regulars One Poll to create this story – want parents to know that there should be no shame or guilt about monitoring the internet usage of their offspring – it’s what good parents do. And the best parents do it with Bullguard, naturally.