Parents Monitoring Children’s Internet Usage, According to OnlineSchools.com Infographic

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As reports of cyberbullying continue to infiltrate the headlines, many parents want to ensure that their children are protecting themselves while surfing the web. A new OnlineSchools.com infographic shows just how involved parents are with their child’s Internet security as well as the types of dangers kids face while online.

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"When it comes to the Internet, some of the most prevalent worries of parents are about revealing private information to or simply communicating with strangers.”

OnlineSchools.com, a digital resource for online education from kindergarten to graduate school, recently launched “It’s ten o clock – do you know where your children are?” a look at how parents are patrolling their children’s online activity. According to the infographic, an overwhelming 95 percent of parents believe they are aware of what their children are doing when they are online, and 77 percent have rules for Internet usage. Other statistics in this infographic, which stem from the 2011 Norton Online Family Report, include a look at what parents worry about most with their children’s online activity as well as how they work to resolve those issues.

“A parent’s number one concern is protecting his children,” said Seth Restaino, OnlineSchools.com spokesperson. “It’s no surprise that, when it comes to the Internet, some of the most prevalent worries of parents are about revealing private information to or simply communicating with strangers.”

Despite the prevalence of rules and parental awareness, one in ten children admit to visiting adult content sites when their parents are not around, while four in ten say they stop what they are doing if a parent is nearby. After breaking household Internet rules, 82 percent of children have experienced something negative online, such as downloading a virus or seeing violent images, videos, or games – but 20 percent of children say they wouldn’t tell their parents about the negative experience out of fear of being disciplined.

“With the increased presence of cyberbullying, our research uncovered how important it is that children abide by their parent’s Internet rules,” said Restaino. “At the same time, the infographic shows that only 63 percent of parents speak with their kids about Internet safety. I’d personally like to see that number increase so that children have a better understanding about the importance of why such strict rules may be in place.”

To learn more about how parents use Facebook to keep tabs on their kids, check out “The Spy Who Raised Me.” For additional information related to online schooling, such as “5 ways parents can support their online learner,” and other education news, follow @OnlineSchools on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

About OnlineSchools.com
Launched in 2011, OnlineSchools.com provides a searchable directory of accredited schools serving current and potential online students at every grade level. The site advocates online learning and supports parents and students as they progress from one educational decision point to the next. OnlineSchools.com is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit QuinStreet.com.

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