August 7, 2008

Worried Parents Snooping on Kids

SCOTS parents have admitted to snooping on their kids after new figures revealed more than 750,000 youngsters broke rules for social networking sites.

Youngsters under 13 aren't allowed to use any of the main sites - Facebook, Myspace and Bebo. However, a study by online identity experts Garlik suggested children between eight and 12 used them.

The research also indicated that parents in Scotland were taking matters into their own hands to protect their children, with 72-per cent snooping on their kids online.

A third of these parents secretly logged into their child's social networking page, while more than a quarter had set up their own social networking page to spy on their kids.

Tom Ilube, Garlik CEO, said: "S ocial networking sites need to take their own age restriction policies far more seriously to help allay parents' real fears."

Originally published by Newsquest Media Group.

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