The survey, which polled 1,000 teens and parents across the UK, revealed that kids don't appear to have any sense of 'netiquette' when it comes to their online behaviour. It found:
Parents are setting a bad example It comes as little surprise that today's teens are parking their e-morals when one in three parents also admitted that they'd hacked into another person's online profile " be it their bank, email or social networking details.
"I have to say I am worried about what young people are up to online " it's scary when you think about it," said Linda Carpenter parent to Joe aged 15. "Hearing some of the recent stories in the media, it really makes you sit up as a parent and want to protect your child but there seems to be no easy way. I'm definitely concerned about his safety and what might be influencing him online."
"These results come as a stark warning to parents become a lot more familiar with what their kids get up to when online " especially as we're about to go into the Easter break," said Rik Ferguson, security expert at Trend Micro. "In the past, we've seen a large increase in this kind of behaviour in holiday periods. Parents need to ensure they lead by example at all times, clearly but appropriately lay down some simple family guidelines and make sure they oversee the online activity without being obviously intrusive."
Top tips for protecting your kids online:
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*505 parents and 505 children were polled in March 2009 for Tickbox.net on behalf of Trend Micro
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