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Singapore parents concerned about cyberbullying

Anuradha Shukla | March 2, 2016
Findings from Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report.

Cyberbullying, online predators and privacy are some of the biggest issues that parents face in Singapore.

Findings from Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report indicate that 52% of millennial parents in Singapore believe their children are more likely to be bullied online than at a playground. Meanwhile, 56% of them are worried that their children will give out too much personal information to strangers.

"In the last year, Norton has seen the online safety awareness levels of parents increase rapidly as technology firmly cements itself in the family home," said Gavin Lowth, vice president, Norton Consumer and Small Business, Asia Pacific and Japan. "Children are becoming increasingly comfortable with technology devices like smartphones or tablets, and parents must be proactive in educating their children on online safety. Protecting children online is weighing heavier on parents than ever before as cyberbullying, online predators and privacy are now "real" world concerns."

Family at risk

49% of parents in Singapore worry their children will do something online that will put their whole family at risk.

28% have had their online security compromised by children's actions and more than three in ten parents are taking measures to protect their children online.

39% limit the amount of information they post about their children on social networks and 36% require computer use to take place in common areas in the home.

Findings of the survey also show that 35% of the parents in Singapore only allow Internet access with parental supervision and 35% limit access to certain websites.

Norton advises parents to have an open dialogue with children, educate them and consider using free parental control technologies at home.

 

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