The Web world - do you know what your children are doing?
A study by Web world security giant, Symantec, indicates that our children are spending a lot more time on the internet than most parents believe, begging the question, 'do you know what your children are doing?'
The Online Living report was done in the United Kingdom, but the findings likely apply to the larger global population, especially in wealthier countries where kids have ample access to computers and many have their own.
The good news is that family members have found new ways to stay in touch with each other, regardless of their physical locations. As long as there's a technological toy, people can 'talk' any time.
British parents grossly underestimate how much time their children spend on the net, suggests a report.
Written by security firm Symantec, it found that UK parents believe their children are online for 18.8 hours per month. The true figure is 43.5 hours.
The report found that British parents were among those with the worst grasp of how long their children are online.
The research also found that in many cases the net was providing a new way for families to communicate.
Check out the stats gathered from more than 6,400 adults interviewed for the survey.
The Online Living report from Symantec found that 20% of the 6,427 adults questioned had caught their children looking at unsuitable net sites.
Of the British parents questioned, 81% said they were confident that they knew what they children were looking at online.
By contrast, 31% of the UK children in the survey said their parents did not know what they were doing online.
Parents are trying to keep up though. The majority say they have talked to their children about staying safe online. And some are using controls.
Among all the parents questioned, 75% said they talked to their children about staying safe online.
Around the world about one-third of parents are putting software controls, such as filters, on a family PC to keep children away from inappropriate content. In the UK the number putting controls on a PC rises to 54%.
And when it comes to social networking, well, the generations have found that they can be friends.
The survey found that, in many cases, the net is helping to cement the social ties within a family. One-third of the UK children in the survey said they had befriended their parents on a social networking site.