Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Parenting online

Parenting online

96% of parents took action to keep their child safe online

86% took a hands on approach:

  • 63% helped with online tasks
  • 61% joint online activities
  • 33% listened to kid’s online problems
  • 19% dealt with online incidents

70% monitored their child’s use:

  • 55% watched what they do online
  • 37% checked browsing history
  • 25% checked social media profile
  • 23% checked friends and groups
  • 19% friended them

59% limited their child’s use. Types of rules:

  • length of time online 57% 
  • websites accessed 54% 
  • when they can go online 50% 
  • types of accounts 48% 
  • suitability of apps 42% 

79% spoke to their child. They talked about:

  • online rules 55% 
  • what they can do online 52% 
  • being responsible and respectful 49% 
  • ways to stay safe online 48% 
  • reducing time online 44% 

Most parents use multiple strategies:

  • 18% used 20 or more strategies
  • 43% used 10 to 19
  • 32% used 2 to 9
  • 3% used 1

Source: Survey commissioned by eSafety, June 2016. Data covers actions taken by 2,360 parents in Australia with children aged 8 to 17 years in 12 months to June 2016

See also:

About the research (2016 survey): Digital participation

More recent research (2018 survey): Digital parenting