Are Children the only ones who need advice on staying safe?

Children in Sweden are reportedly embarrassed and concerned about what their parents get up to on the Internet, according to a report from the Barnens Rätt i Samhället (Children’s Rights in Society). BRIS reported a rise in complaints to 1,895 in the last year from children about their parents’ behaviour. More than 100 of those children who made contact with BRIS did so because they were very worried about their parent’s online behaviour. While it was less of an issue in children’s lives than other concerns such as bullying, love and relationships etc the charity said that the problem is raising concerns in signifacnt numbers.

One 13-year-old girl stated that her mum was so engrossed in online gaming, specifically the game World of Warcraft, that she rarely spent any time with her:

“This summer she has been sitting up all day and all night and she forgets what’s important to me. And when she’s not at the computer she’s like a lost soul. She just looks straight ahead and says nothing.”Another teenage girl also reported that her mum spend time sat half-naked in front of the PC, posting photos of herself online.However, the most frequent worry raised by children was over their father’s internet use, typically because they were viewing pornography or were flirting or conduct affairs.A 15 year-old boy stated:“It seems that my dad is ‘unfaithful’.I read his MSN conversation log. I was just curious. And then I saw that he was talking to, like, young girls. And the disgusting part is that he’s 53! And they talk about sex and how they’re going to meet and everything. It makes me want to puke. It really makes me feel bad.

 

We predominantly focus on encouraging parents to keep an eye on their children’s internet habits and uses but it also be that the children feel they aren’t the only ones who need Internet filtering software and guidance on staying safe. The BRIS Report (in Swedish!)   

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