Parents Fret but Won't Curb Kids' Web Surfing

Poll says large majority have had 'issues' with what they encounter
By Vasiliki t Touhouliotis,  Newser User
Posted Sep 26, 2007 4:29 PM CDT
Parents Fret but Won't Curb Kids' Web Surfing
A young visitor watches a computer game at an international animation, cartoon and game fair Monday July 2, 2007 in Shanghai, China. The communist government encourages Web use for business and education, but authorities are worried it gives children access to violent games, sexually explicit material...   (Associated Press)

A new study of parents with children who use the Internet finds that 71% had at least one incident involving inappropriate content in the last year. But with most saying the web helps their children in school, and only 30% citing problems with overuse, parents are stepping up monitoring efforts instead of keeping their kids away, Reuters reports.

Most parents screen websites, use blocking software, and talk about online safety.  "The poll confirms that parents continue to have issues" a researcher says, "but those issues aren't scaring them from letting their kids go online." The poll's release comes just after New York's Attorney General subpoenaed Facebook for not protecting users against sexual predators. (More internet stories.)

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