Today is the Internet Watch Foundation's "Awareness Day" designed to help promote awareness of the IWF's work in protecting children by helping to eradicate child abuse images as well as raising awareness of the dangers the Internet can pose, and most importantly, how you as parents can protect your children whilst ensuring that they can benefit from everything the Internet has to provide.
Last week, we carried out a survey of over 400 parents visiting our site which has provided some interesting statistics. Our concern was that we would see parents relying on technology to police their children's use, rather than taking an active role in educating and supervising them personally. At least, out of thinkbroadband visitors, most parents appear to understand the problems very well.
We asked parents to tell us the age of their youngest child who uses the Internet regularly, what they used as their primary method of protecting their child on the Internet, and finally what most concerned them about their children's use of the Internet.
This very quick survey indicates that parents visiting this site "get the internet" and understand how to best give their children the skills necessary to tackle difficult situations. Focussing on supervising Internet use as well as an open dialogue is the most effective way to keep your kids safe, not relying on technology alone. We should stress however, that parental control software does play an important part in filling the gaps.
We have published a more detailed guide to help parents protect their kids online.