Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Nearly Half Of Parents Keep Tabs On Teens Via Facebook

Nearly Half Of Parents Keep Tabs On Teens Via Facebook, Latest AVG Technologies’ Research Reveals

Is this a new kind of parental relationship, or is it spying?

AUCKLAND and AMSTERDAM - 18 April 2012 – Half of mothers in New Zealand are keeping tabs on their teen by accessing their Facebook account without their consent, a global study has revealed.

Digital Coming of Age, the fifth instalment of AVG’s Digital Diaries study, features responses to AVG’s questions to 4,400 parents with 14-17 year olds in 11 countries, including New Zealand.

It also found that more than a third of parents were concerned that their teen’s interaction with social media sites could affect their future job prospects (37%), particularly since a quarter of the parents surveyed have seen explicit or abusive messages on their teen’s social networking profile (26%).

Michael McKinnon, Security Advisor at AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd, said, “AVG’s latest research encourages us to consider whether Facebook and other social networking sites are creating a new kind of parental relationship, or whether we are in effect spying on our teens? These sites are providing parents with new methods to monitor what their kids are doing without necessarily having to be ‘heavy handed’ or to quiz their child directly.”

Interestingly, Digital Coming of Age also unearths that nearly a quarter of the New Zealand parents surveyed thought their child’s school was failing to educate their child about using the internet responsibly; mirroring the feelings of parents around the globe.

Other key findings from the Digital Coming of Age include:

UK parents are most likely to suspect teens of ‘sexting’ - nearly one quarter (23%) of UK parents suspect their kids of sexting. Less than a fifth of New Zealand parents surveyed (17%) suspected their teens of text sex.
Spanish parents (45%) are most suspicious their teens are illegally downloading music - New Zealand parents appear more trusting, with just over a quarter (27%) suspecting their teenager of illegal downloads. UK parents suspected a similar amount (28%), however, UK teens could even face up to ten years in jail for illegal downloads, as a result of Britain signing the disputed Anti-Countering Trade Agreement (ACTA) bill.
Just under half of parents surveyed are concerned their teens mobile photos are geo-tagged.
Nearly one fifth of New Zealand parents expect their teen of accessing pornography – Of parents surveyed globally, 26 per cent suspected their teenage son of accessing pornography, while less than half that (12%) suspected their teenage daughter.
Over one quarter of New Zealand parents have seen explicit or abusive messages on their offspring’s social networks - compared with one fifth of UK and US parents.
Parents ‘friending’ teens on Facebook - over half of New Zealand parents (60%) are connected with their teens on Facebook, compared with United States (72%), Canada (66 %), Italy (66%), Spain (64%), UK (51%), Australia (57%), Germany (51%), Czech Republic (50%), France (32%) and Japan (10%).

----------------------------

About AVG Digital Diaries Campaign
The first stage of AVG’s Digital Diaries campaign, Digital Birth, focused on children from birth to age two. The study, released in October 2010, found that on average, infants acquire a digital identity by the age of six months old. Nearly one quarter (23%) of children have had their pre-birth scans uploaded to the Internet by their parent – establishing a digital footprint even before birth. The second stage, Digital Skills, was released in January 2011 and showed that for two to five year olds, ‘tech’ skills are increasingly replacing ‘life’ skills. In fact, many toddlers could use a mouse and play a computer game, but could not ride a bike, swim or tie their shoelaces. Digital Playground, released in June 2011, found nearly half of six to nine year olds talk to friends online and use social networks. This was followed with Digital Maturity in November 2011, which revealed how 11 year olds had developed adult skills in technology.

Research for all stages of the Digital Diaries series was conducted by Research Now on behalf of AVG Technologies.

More information visit: www.avgdigitaldiaries.com

About AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd — www.avg.co.nz
Based in Melbourne, AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd, an Avalanche Technology Group company, distributes the AVG Internet Security and Mobile Security product range in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

AVG’s mission is to simplify, optimise and secure the Internet experience, providing peace of mind to a connected world. AVG’s powerful yet easy-to-use software and online services put users in control of their Internet experience. By choosing AVG’s software and services, users become part of a trusted global community that benefits from inherent network effects, mutual protection and support. AVG has grown its user base to approximately 108 million active users as of December 31, 2011 and offers a product portfolio that targets the consumer and small business markets and includes Internet security, PC performance optimisation, online backup, mobile security and identity protection.

Keep in touch with AVG (AU/NZ)
• For breaking news, follow AVG (AU/NZ) on Twitter at twitter.com/avgaunz
• Join our Facebook community at www.facebook.com/avgaunz
• For security trends, analysis, follow the AVG (AU/NZ) blog at resources.avg.com.au

ENDS

[Tables via AVG Blog]

Do you suspect your teen of accessing pornography / gambling / illegal music download pages?

AllUSUKAUSNZCANGERFRESITCZJPNTeen boysTeen girlsMotherFather
Pornography19%21%19%17%17%18%15%15%26%22%24%14%26%12%14%24%
Gambling9%5%5%2%2%6%6%6%41%10%10%2%11%7%7%11%
Illegal music downloads27%19%28%27%27%25%16%30%45%22%35%19%29%26%21%32%

Do you ever access you teen’s Facebook account without them knowing?

AllUSUKAUSNZCANGERFRESITCZJPNTeen boysTeen girlsMotherFather
Yes44%61%41%41%44%54%43%45%61%54%35%9%45%44%49%39%
No56%39%59%59%56%46%57%55%39%46%65%91%55%56%51%61%

Are you worried that what your teen is posting on social networks could affect their future job, college or dating prospects?

AllUSUKAUSNZCANGERFRESITCZJPNTeen boysTeen girlsMotherFathers
Yes42%40%30%42%37%38%47%45%65%57%29%33%41%44%42%43%
No58%60%70%58%63%62%53%55%35%43%71%67%59%56%58%57%

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Review: “Salute” By Royal New Zealand Ballet In Wellington

The Royal New Zealand Ballet performed “Salute” for a final time in Wellington on Sunday night, and it was nothing short of spectacular. More>>

ALSO:

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news