Survey Raises Fears on Parental Supervision
Swedish children are some of the world’s biggest interest users - but this is often coupled with a lack of control by Swedish parents over their children’s Internet usage.
Internet security firm Symatec has made a survey of web use by the young (ages 8-17) in twelve countries. It shows that only 58% of Swedish parents know what their children are up to on the net. This compares with 81% in Germany or Britian, but could, in fact, mean that Swedish parents realise how hard it is to keep track of what their children are doing on the Internet.
The situation gets harder when you see that 55% of Swedish children use the Internet at a friend’s house, compared to an average of just 22%. In average Swedish children spend 8.7 hours on the Internet every week, compared to an average of just over 5 hours. Only Brazil has a higher figure.
Many parents - 40% - have no rules on how much their children can use the Internet. ’Letting children loose on the internet is not doing them any favours,’ says Per Hellqvist, safety expert at Symantec.