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Kids sharing personal info tops Canadian parents online fears

By KJ Mullins     May 18, 2010 in Internet
The Internet can be a scary place when you have children-child porn, violence and the risk of getting attacked by a virus are all issues that parents deal with but fearing kids will give out too much info is the top fear.
Over 85 percent of Canadian parents found that they were most concerned that their 7 to 17-year-olds would over-share their personal information on the web. Strangers giving their children unwanted contacted bothered 84 percent of the parents. coming in third with 82 percent was security issues like virus and malware infections. Illegal peer-to-peer file sharing (52%) and the commercialism(67%) that is part of the Internet were other big concerns.
While parents have serious concerns the way that they protect their children online differs. While most use security or antivirus software (93%) fewer than 30 percent used the parental control features that limit the threats to their children. Many (75%) do have the family computer in a common area of the house but almost 62 percent allowed unsupervised access. When it came to the parents of young teens aged 13-15 that unsupervised access went up to 75 percent.
"Trend Micro extends its commitment to Internet safety through its Internet Safety for Kids & Families initiative," said Lynette Owens, director of corporate outreach, Trend Micro in a press release obtained by Digital Journal. "This survey was commissioned to help us better understand the areas of concern to the public and the biggest gaps between their perception and the reality of those concerns. Like other countries, these findings confirm that a combination of education and available technology can go a long way in helping to keep kids safe online."
IPSOS Reid surveyed 1,000 Canadians-mostly parents for Trend Micro.
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