If you didn’t know June was Internet Safety Month and Yahoo! released the results of a survey they recently commissioned about Parents and Online Safety. The results were pretty interesting and, according to the survey, parents are doing a good job in some areas and in others they need more help and education.

Let’s take a look and some of the results:

  • 78% of parents are concerned about their children’s online safety.
  • 70% of parents talk to their children about online safety at least 2-3 times a    year; 45% talk to their children at least once a month.
  • 74% of parents are connected to their children’s profiles on social networking sites.
  • 71% of parents have taken at least one action to manage their children’s use of the Internet or cell phones such as:
    • Check to see where children are searching online.
    • Set time limits for children’s use of computers or cell phones.
    • Set parental controls on video sites.
    • Use filters to limit where children go on the Web.

Pretty good job parents! These are all good things to be doing so if your not doing some of these things I’d recommend them.

Yahoo’s survey had some interesting findings regarding Cyberbullying: 

  • 81% of parents know what cyberbullying is.
  • 1 in 4 adults who are aware of cyberbullying have either been victims or know someone else affected by cyberbullying.
  • 37% of parents feel that they know what to do about cyberbullying.
  • Almost three-quarters (73%) of people want their child’s school to play an active role in teaching kids about online safety and citizenship.

The biggest thing that sticks out to me is that only 37% of parents feel like they know what to do about cyberbullying. They’re aware of it but feel ill-equiped to deal with it. For some great information on cyberbullying and how to deal with it check out the website www.stopcyberbullying.org.

Parents keep up the good work. Keeping your kids safe online is a never ending battle and the stakes could not he higher. We’re here to help keep you up on the latest information on dangers that could impact your kids online. If there is a topic you want to know more about let us know. We want to help.