Parents and children's perception of the dangers of the internet

Year: 2001

Author: Ping, Lim Cher, Khoo, Angeline, Williams, Michael

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This study, funded by the Parents Advisory Group for the Internet (PAGi) aims to find out how aware, and how concerned Singapore parents and students are of Internet problems and dangers, and what their perceptions are regarding measures or strategies that can be taken to safeguard them. A total of 552 students and 621 parents participated in the study. Some key findings are that students between the ages of 13 to 15 are least concerned about Internet dangers and also least in favour of any kind of parental intervention. In general, both parents and children favoured educational strategies more than control ones. Implications of the study and recommendations for education on online safety will also be discussed.