Many parents are unaware of the dangers brought by tablets and smartphones to their children as they were with personal computers. This is what a new poll by BBC Learning suggests.
Ninety percent of parents surveyed said they had discussed staying safe online with their children, but most admitted that they allowed their children to use devices unsupervised.
“Without using controls such as built-in security, safety and privacy features, and search engine filters, children will almost certainly run into something that really isn’t appropriate for their age, or any age,” said Tony Neate, chief executive of Get Safe Online.
Same Level of Protection
David Emm, a senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab said when children use mobile devices to access the Internet, they’re using “the same web, with the same risk.”
“There is a common misconception that smartphones and tablets don’t need the same level of protection as a PC. But with such a high percentage of parents not having a clear view of their children’s online activity, this way of thinking needs to change,” he said.