A recent survey from IT security company Intel Security found that children are smarter than their parents when it comes to technology. It seems 71% of parents don’t recognise the app SnapChat, whereas 40% of 8 to 12-year-olds recognised the app instantly. The lack of adults awareness of popular technologies that their children are engaging with is clearly a concern when it comes to online safety.
In addition, a worrying 34% of 10-year-olds believe the internet is safe wherever they use it, demonstrating that although children are knowledgeable when it comes to new technology like SnapChat, they aren’t aware when it comes to what is safe online.
Children are now spending a minimum of 6 hours a day online, and as their time online continues to increase there is a need for parents to be proactive in speaking to their children about online safety. Just because they know about the hottest new technology, doesn’t mean they understand the dangers that surround it.