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What you are worried about when it comes to children online

This month, we asked you to tell us what concerns you the most about kids being online. We’d like to thank those of you who took time out to complete our short survey. Your answers will help us to improve the blogs, and other resources we provide on the eebudee website and Facebook page.

Here is what you told us.

What are your greatest concerns?

Based on the data, we discovered that exposure to adult themes was the biggest concern amongst respondents. Online predators was your second biggest worry and cyber bullying was rated as the third least important issue to respondents.

  • 57.7% of respondents were located in Australia.
  • 36.5% of respondents were located in the US.
  • 3.8% of respondents were located in Canada.
  • 1.9% did not specify where they were located.

The graph* below illustratesindicates what concerned youparents the most. To give you some context, we have also included the question respondents were asked to answer.

Question: When it comes to your child’s safety and wellbeing, what issues concern you the most? Please rank the list below in order of highest to lowest concern.

For example: 1= What concerns you the most. 6= What concerns you the least.

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* Survey results generated by SurveyMonkey

Do you monitor your kids online?

Our second question related to whether you have any system or systems in place to manage your child’s screen time. 58.33% of respondents said yes, while 41.67% said no.

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* SURVEY RESULTS GENERATED BY SURVEYMONKEY

We then went on to ask those who did how they managed their child’s screen time. Many of you used timers to ensure your kids didn’t spend too long on devices, while others professed to struggle with finding the right method for monitoring screen time.

Here are some of the responses we received.

  • I use parental controls. 
  • Limits in terms of time available to use for gaming. No hooking up with other friends etc. to play games online. 
  • I use a timer and make them tell me what they are doing online before I hand over the device. They know to check in with me if something seems different. Mostly screen time is in the lounge room but if it is in their rooms I randomly check in. My kids are 8 and 11. All this will change when my eldest gets a phone soon. 
  • We only allow gaming on school holidays and have a limit of about 45 minutes of screen time during term, unless it’s for homework. 
  • Xbox or Netflix, 3 hours daily maximum. 
  • No iPad during the week. Locked away when not in use. 
  • Block out times where no devices are permitted; all devices out of bedrooms especially at night time. 
  • They get half an hour after school and we use a timer. No social media. Anyone they don’t know or I don’t know is to be considered a stranger. 
  • At this stage, I just keep them active with sports and friends. Also, we turned off our home Internet so we only have it on our phones now! We go to the library for homework. We’ll have Wi-Fi again soon though. 
  • Children can earn up to two hours a day doing chores above and beyond their everyday chores. 

Conclusion

The respondents, who did have monitoring methods in place for their kids, appear to use a number of different strategies. This aligns with our view that every approach to monitoring kids online should be tailored to your particular family dynamic.

Finding out what works best for your family may mean trialing a few methods, and then settling on one or a couple that are effective.

In saying this, we can see that using timers is a popular method amongst the people who answered our survey. Communication between parents and kids seemed to be widespread too.

Given most social media experts tout open communication as the most effective strategy for reducing risk for young kids online, we think you’re all doing exceptionally well!

Share your comments

If you’d like to share your opinion about monitoring kids online, or any other topic relating to helping keep kids safe on social media, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

Once again, thanks for taking the time to complete our survey. Your feedback is very important to us!

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