There is a need to protect our kids with cyber safety controls
DO you know exactly what your child is doing and looking at when they’re online? What about when they have their mobile phone?
The truth is even the best efforts by parents cannot ensure complete compliance from their children every second of the day and night.
YouTube, a video sharing site that allows users to upload videos or watch videos others have uploaded, is the most popular online platform for children, according to a new study conducted by cyber-safety group Family Zone.
The site is most popular in the 0-8 years age group who are spending up to 65 per cent of their online time on the site, compared with about 35 per cent of children aged 9-17.
The second most popular form of technology among children is Snapchat, mostly used by 13-17-yearolds. Snapchat is an app that allows users to send messages and photos to each other, but what makes it popular with teens and young adults is the fact the content disappears seconds after it has been viewed by the recipient.
This element provides for some lack of inhibition among users, which has caused critics to slam the app which they say encourages sexting and cyber-bullying.
Family Zone spokesman and digital health and wellbeing expert Dr Kristy Goodwin says what is more worrying is that the research uncovered the fact the majority of children are accessing online sites without parental control.
“With children online on average 20 hours a week, there is a need for them to be protected with cyber-safety controls,” she says.
“Many parents have no idea about where their children are playing online and how to control and limit their use of devices, creating real dangers.”
Facebook, which has a minimum age restriction of 13, is surprisingly most popular among 0-8-year-olds who spend 21 per cent of their online time on the social networking site each week.