One third of British Parents spy on kids because of Cyber Threats

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All these days’ parents in Britain worried that their kid’s exposure to web for lengthy periods of time might expose them to cyber bullying, X-rated content and drug culture. But now, a recent survey has revealed that over one third of parents worried that their kids might expose themselves to cyber dangers if they spend long time on internet.

According to a research carried out by research firm Censuswide, cyber threats have become the biggest concerns for most parents as it can drain out money from their bank accounts within no time.

From among 2K of parents and children surveyed, most of them admitted that they have multiple secret accounts only to stay anonymous with their online activity. And most of the young folks among these said that they felt extremely hurt when they came to know that they were being spied by their parents that encouraged them to operate the web on an anonymous note through fake accounts.

While most parents complained that they were struggling to handle such issues, over 20% of them agreed that their kids were completely open to them about their digital lives and would listen to their advice on issues such as cyber bullying.

But what’s concerning about the research result is the fact that the recently imposed lockdown of well over 100 days has heightened the dangers by over 25%, and over 36% parents citing the web time as a source of argument among their household in the past 3 months.

To counter such issues, Cogenis has developed an AI based app dubbed WING which, instead of helping parents in conducting big brother surveillance, helps them in scanning their children’s internet activity by offering data on colors and weather analogy like red for anger.

Experts say that the only way to deal with the situation is to speak to them, rather than to spy on their internet activity, as it deteriorates the situation, as kids start using anonymous accounts to have fun on the web.

It is better if parents start spending time with kids, as it cuts down their screen time- which in fact helps in the development of prefrontal cortex in the brain on the respective note- eradicating the influence of negative online content.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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