Parents fear for children on social networking sites

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ALMOST half of parents do not feel their children are safe when using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, according to a survey.

Child welfare charity Children 1st carried out the questionnaire to mark Safer Internet Day today. The charity’s Do One Thing Today initiative is designed to make parents more vigilant about dangers like internet “grooming” and cyber-bullying.

The survey showed 50 per cent of parents asked had no parental controls set up on computers, smartphones and other home devices with internet access, the most common reason for this being that they “didn’t think they needed to”.

Two thirds (67 per cent) said they did not think privacy settings were necessary but 48 per cent said they felt their child was “not safe” when using them.

Over a quarter of respondents (28 per cent) said they wished they knew more about the devices their children use.

Kezia Dugdale MSP, co-
convener of the Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group on children and young people, said: “We all want our young people to enjoy modern technology, however it’s vital they remain safe and secure when doing so.”