Research of Internet Downside Issues

August 9, 2001


• 77% of parents surveyed feel their child knows more about using the Internet than they do

• 40% of children who use the Internet at home usually access it alone

• Mothers play a significantly larger role than fathers in supervising Internet use

• 25% of home PCs use software that restricts access to adult sites

• The level of supervision and rules imposed when children access the Internet at school is very high

• The level of supervision when children use the Internet at friends’ homes is very low

• 44% of parents cite access to pornography as the main negative aspect of Internet use among young children

• 62% of parents say they have discussed the potential dangers of Internet use with their child

• Only a small minority (14%) of children say they have accessed unsuitable material online

• The vast majority (86%) of parents feel they have primary responsibility for protecting their children online

• Schools are also considered to have a major role to play in teaching children to behave sensibly online

• Almost 7 in 10 parents surveyed would like more information on how to protect their children online

• Schools and Government are regarded as the key information providers

• 61% of parents agree that the positive aspects of Internet use outweigh the negatives



To access the text of the Research click on the following link: Internet Downside Issues