A recent 2012 survey commissioned by software security firm McAfee, reported out that 71 percent of teenagers admitted to hiding online activities from their parents. In many cases, parents were unaware of what their kids were up to online.
According to McAfee, here are the top ten ways that teens hide their activities online:
- Clearing the browser history (53%)
- Close/minimize browser when parent walked in (46%)
- Hide or delete instant messages or videos (34%)
- Lie or omit details about online activities (23%)
- Use a computer parents don’t check (23%)
- Use an internet-enabled mobile device (cellphone, iTouch) (21%)
- Use privacy settings to make certain content viewable only by friends, not parents (20%)
- Use private browsing modes (20%)
- Create private email addresses unknown to parents (15%)
- Create duplicate/fake social network profiles (9%)
To read the full McAfee report, click HERE
As parents, what can we do to make a change in these numbers?
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