How Our Kids Hide Their Online Activity From Parents

Internet Safety

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:

  1. Clearing the browser history (53%)
  2. Close/minimize browser when parent walked in (46%)
  3. Hide or delete instant messages or videos (34%)
  4. Lie or omit details about online activities (23%)
  5. Use a computer parents don’t check (23%)
  6. Use an internet-enabled mobile device (cellphone, iTouch) (21%)
  7. Use privacy settings to make certain content viewable only by friends, not parents (20%)
  8. Use private browsing modes (20%)
  9. Create private email addresses unknown to parents (15%)
  10. Create duplicate/fake social network profiles (9%)

The above is a real reason why parents should think about monitoring software for their computers such as Spector for laptops and desktops and phonesheriff for cellphones.

To read the full McAfee report, click HERE

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As parents, what can we do to make a change in these numbers?

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