A new study has come out that sheds light on the huge difference between how parents perceive online privacy and what kids say they want. This study was conducted by 1Password in collaboration with Malwarebytes, and it found that parents’ assumptions about online privacy are almost entirely different from what their children think.
There seems to be a lot of confusion about parental controls, for example. 89% of parents said that they closely monitor what their children do online, but after all that, it is important to note that only 34% of children said that their online activities are monitored. This suggests that parents are unaware of what their children are doing, putting them at greater risk than they might otherwise be.
72% of Gen Z respondents said they used multiple methods to hide from their parents and their monitoring, including using VPNs as well as secret devices. However, this does not mean that children take risks and avoid parents who behave responsibly. 94% of parents seem to think they don’t need to ask their children’s permission before posting photos of them online, while 73% of Gen Zers said they’d like to be asked before doing so.
This indicates that Generation Z is more savvy in the online world. Parents are clearly unaware of the risks associated with posting photos on social media, and their lack of technical knowledge can make their well-intentioned observation little more than a nuisance that fails to protect their children from the dangers of the online world.
Parents need to do a better job of protecting their children, and trying to clearly monitor their every move doesn’t work. Understanding the risks associated with Internet access is more important than trying to control your children just for the sake of it, and until parents do this, they cannot keep their children safe. Take a look at the graphic below to learn more:
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