Are your kids doing stuff online they don’t want you do know about?
According to a new survey from online security provider McAfee, 70% of teens hide their online behavior from their parents.
Responding to the survey, McAfee's Robert Siciliano says "Parents, you must stay in-the-know. Since your teens have grown up in an online world, they may be more online savvy than their parents, but you can't give up.”
He challenges parents to become familiar with the complexities of the teen online universe and to stay educated on the various devices their teens are using to go online. The McAfee survey included a list of the top 10 ways teens are fooling their parents.
Here are a few of them:
· Clearing their browser history;
· Hiding or deleting Instant Messages or videos;
· Using an Internet-enabled mobile device;
· Using privacy settings to make certain content viewable only by friends;
· Creating private email addresses unknown to parents;
· Creating duplicate or fake social network profiles.
As parents, we can’t afford to have our heads in the sand when it comes to our teens and tech. There are simply too many bad things that can happen to them—some of which can have life-long negative consequences.
One of the best books on this topic is Logged On and Tuned Out: A Non-Techie’s Guide to Parenting a Tech-Savvy Generation. The author is teen expert Vicki Courtney, founder of VirtousReality.com.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.