Parents, Privacy & Technology Use

November 19, 2015

A new study from the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) reveals that the large majority of parents believe technology has a positive effect on their child's future, career and life skills (78%) and creativity (64%). Far more parents are concerned about their child's personal safety and privacy than kids' technology use.

"Parents recognize and value the positive impact that technology and the Internet can have on their child's future, creativity, communications skills and education," said Stephen Balkam, founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute. "Technology's opportunities also require recognition of its challenges, however, and more parents need to be aware of the available resources and tools that will enable good digital parenting and keep our kids safe online."

The research found that technology-savvy and higher educated parents are more confident with overseeing their child's technology use than parents who are less-educated. However, only 36% of parents claimed that they use parental controls, citing their top reason for not using them as trust in their child or already-established household rules to limit use.

Family Online Safety Institute