Safer Internet: 70% of Parents Never Check on Their Children Facebook Account

Save the Children Romania Organization released a survey on 5 February 2013 Safer Internet Day that highlights lack of parental surveillance and guiding when it comes to children accounts on social media. An overwhelming 70% of parents reportedly never check their child’s friends on Facebook or contacts in the messenger list. As much as 19.9% parents reportedly know that their children met face to face with people met on social media.

86.2% children use the Internet on a daily basis

87% children have a Facebook account

29% children have public profiles on social media

More than half of the interviewed children have reported abuse or offence on their social media accounts. 43% children have accessed sexual content images or videos on the Internet. Over 600 Romanian children aged between 6 and 18 years old have participated in this survey between July and September 2012.

Apart from this report, I have to agree that there have never been concrete legal steps in empowering a regulatory framework regarding access of children to illicit content on the Internet. Remember ACTA? It stopped short in the name of freedom of access.

Access to what?

About Cristina Popa

Cristina is a WordPress blogger who regularly writes or shares updates on media, public affairs and various topics of interest. You may follow her on Communication for Development WP blog or Twitter @CristinaPopa0
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