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Mr Chris Wightman
A new study has revealed that over half of parents could not name the person their child chats to most on the internet.
The 'Virtual Parenting Report' was commissioned to mark the launch ofwww.yoursphere.co.uk, a new social network site only available to young people under the age of 18. It reveals a major disparity between the safety standards that parents typically teach in the real world and those that they allow online.
While 95% of parents polled said they would not want their child speaking to strangers, a total of 62% said that they were unaware of their online contacts. Only a third admitted they were vigilant when it came to their child's internet safety.
I addition, 50% are unaware that photos or other pieces of personal information have been posted on the web while 28% of parents do not supervise their child's online behaviour at all.
As well as highlighting the dangers, the findings of the report aim to persuade parents to keep a closer watch on online activity.
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Information received from The Children's Safety Education Foundation, Hilton House, Lord Street, Stockport SK1 3NA