Six in 10 parents believe that their children do not have a right to privacy when it comes to their digital devices — which may explain why even more admit they actively snoop on their children’s phones and computers to see what they’re up to, a new survey finds.
The research found three-quarters of respondents confirmed they keep tabs on their kids’ smartphone and internet use.
Of those who snoop, 84% feel they’re perfectly within their rights as parents to watch over their activity and ensure the safety of their children online. 60% of these parents said they believe their children have no right to privacy on their smartphones, computers, tablets, and other devices.
Seven in 10 respondents say they aren’t as knowledgeable about technology as their children. What’s worse, 58% of parents with children between the ages of 4 and 10 say their kids are more tech-savvy than they are. So while they’re admitted snoopers, only 40% of parents were confident they’d be able to actually see what kind of interactions their children were having with others online.
Nine in 10 parents are concerned about what their kids are exposed to when online, and 64% worry their children are talking to strangers on social media. Interestingly, only 39% felt uneasy about their children posting photos and videos online.