How involved are you with your kids’ internet activities?

Parents, do you know how many hours your kid spends a day on the internet? Are you aware of their activities? Of what they know they can or can’t do while connected?

norton online family report

Here are some facts from the Norton Online Family Report 2010 which is based on a survey last April here in the Philippines.

1. Filipino kids are spending 18 hours a week online and 4 out of 10 parents are not aware of the extent to which children download music and videos online. This leads to exposure to inappropriate content or disclosure of personal details.

2. 50% of parents always know what their child looks at online.

  • 60% of kids have been exposed to violent/nude images online
  • 75% of kids have downloaded a virus
  • 67% of kids have responded to an online scam
  • 53% of kids claimed that someone tried to get them do something online that they thought was wrong
  • 52% of kids claimed that someone they don’t know tried to meed them in the real world

3. 89% of children in the Philippines have had a negative online experience but only 75% of parents knows this

Pretty alarming numbers huh? The thing is, some parents think that they are inadequate to talk to their kids regarding online safety because they think kids know more about the internet than them. It may be true but parents know more about the real world.

Now the good news is that kids actually want more parental involvement in their online lives. It’s not enough to have parental controls in the computer or establish house rules. What’s also important is the constant communication between the parent and kid regarding online safety.

Norton Online family

If you want a tool that will give you details about your kids’ internet habits and activities, you can try the FREE award-winning Norton Online Family service. It’s not designed to spy on your kid’s online activities. It’s made to be transparent and foster communication between you and your kid. Click here to learn more.


The Norton Online Family Report 2010 is based on research conducted in April 2010 by The Leading Edge, an independent market research firm, on behalf of Symantec Corporation. The online survey polled 556 adults aged 18+ (of which 114 were parents of children aged 10-17 completed a separate parent focused survey) and 105 children aged 10-17 (who spend 1+ hour online per week) in the Philippines.

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  • The bottom line is that if parents REALLY want to keep their kids safe online, they need to know what they are doing on the computer, and what is happening in their online lives. Blocks and filters are easy to get around, and talking alone will get you nowhere… (if you think your kids are going to tell you, honestly, everything they are doing online – you are only kidding yourself). Education is a great thing, and very necessary, but how can you consider yourself educated if you don’t know the simplest information – like what your kids are really doing on the Internet to begin with. If you have monitoring software, like our PC Pandora (, you will know everything they do and will be able to talk to them about it. If you aren’t monitoring and don’t know what they are really doing, how can you be sure they are safe? It’s not an issue of privacy (I have no idea where and when kids were granted endless privacy because they exist – in my day privacy was earned through trust and an established good behavior record), nor is it an issue of trust – it’s called being a 21st century parent. If you don’t know what your kids are doing online, you aren’t doing your job as a parent. If you aren’t monitoring what your kids do online and watch them, someone else will…