Friday 30 December 2016

75% of Parents Check Their Teenagers’ Internet Browsing History

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A survey by the National Citizen Service found that nearly three quarters of parents (72 per cent) believe they should keep an eye on what their children are doing on social media, while 73 per cent said they thought they should check what else their teenagers look at online.

The research also claims that some parents are acting on this belief, with 17 per cent of 16 and 17-year-olds claiming their parents have checked messages and calls on their phone without permission - rising to 24% in London.

The National Citizen Service's Natasha Kizzie said: “Teens and their parents often have to navigate changes in their relationship as young people enter adulthood.

“For both teenagers and their parents or guardians, freedom and independence is a natural part of growing up.

“Technology is a great facilitator. Parents and guardians just want to know that their son or daughter is safe.”

The research also suggested teenagers had some sympathy for their parents' position, with more than two thirds of teenagers in the survey (68 per cent) saying they felt their mobile did give them more freedom, but 85% added they understood that checking their phone made parents feel safer, knowing they can contact them at any time.

Some 62% of young women in the survey also said their parents would likely allow them less freedom to go out if they did not have a mobile phone.

According to 2015 statistics from Ofcom, 90 per cent of 16-24-year-olds in the UK now own such a device.



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