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48% of Parents Think Children Meeting a Stranger Online Worst Thing

48% of Parents Think Children Meeting a Stranger Online Worst Thing

Intel Security has released the findings of the 2015 edition of its Teens, Tweens and Technology Survey which examines the online behaviors and social networking habits of tweens and teens aged 8 to 16 years old in India.
The study also surveyed the concerns of parents, revealing that when it comes to online activity, parents believe (48%) that the worst thing that could happen to their children is interacting with strangers online. This concern is warranted given that almost half (44%) of the children polled would meet or have met someone in person that they first met online.

While 91% of parents claim to have had a discussion with their children about the risks of social media, interacting with strangers is not one of the primary topics. The most discussed topics are cyber criminals and identity theft (71%), privacy settings (62%), cyberbullying (57%), online reputation (53%) or popularity among friends (52%). Additionally, a surprisingly low number (17%) of parents are interested in finding out if their children are interacting with strangers online. This indicates that while parents believe that interacting with strangers online may be risky, this knowledge has not translated into remedial action.

Intel Security has committed itself to online security for all. In doing so, it has taken a three pronged approach that involves awareness creation through widespread global and local threat intelligence, education through programs such as the Intel Education Digital Wellness Curriculum that was introduced last year for schools in India and most importantly, technology that provides safeguards against various online threats.

Melanie Duca, APAC Consumer Marketing Director, Intel Security, said, “As with every edition of our Teens, Tweens & Technology survey, this year too, we see some concerning issues being raised. In analyzing the responses of both parents and children, what is evident is that that there are a lot more open conversations and disclosures between them.”

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