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2013.09.03 11:31

A third of parents do not care what their children do on their smartphones

DELFI|The Lithuania Tribune2013.09.03 11:31

Two out of three parents encourage their children to use smartphones safely or take care of the contents by themselves, reports telecommunications company Bitė Lietuva. 

Two out of three parents encourage their children to use smartphones safely or take care of the contents by themselves, reports telecommunications company Bitė Lietuva.

Almost fifth of parents admit that they allow their children to use smartphones without any restrictions because so they encourage their independence.

“Smartphones and the internet are useful for studying, communication and work, but they also open ways for potentially harmful information. We show to both children and parents how to browse safely. However, parents should additionally explain to their children how they should act and talk to strangers on the internet, what websites are not suitable for them and how to react to dubious messages,” says Chris Robbins, the CEO of Bitė.

Bitė ordered a research on how children are while using smartphones. The research was conducted in July by market research company ‘Spinter Tyrimai’. The survey analysed the data received from 1,007 respondents that ranged from 18 to 75 years of age.

The research data demonstrated that only two per cent of parents have installed special apps on their children’s smartphones that could help protect them. Meanwhile, 13 per cent said that they are checking what apps their children use.

Nonetheless, how children should behave on the internet, what information they can share and why they have to protect their personal data are things that only four in ten parents discuss with their children.

According to Robbins, in the Bitė Smart School parents are encouraged to install apps like Sygic Family, MamaBear or Concerned Parents. The latter was introduced to the Lithuanian market two weeks ago and has already grabbed the attention of Lithuanian parents.

Parents mostly take care of the online safety of 7-11 year-old children, after that parents mostly tend to pay attention to the topics or encourage safe use of the internet. The latter is the least cared for by the parents of 15-18 year-olds; the research showed that online safety is not important to more than a half of them. 

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