Internet Safety Pushes Out Smoking and Teen Pregnancy from Parents’ Top Concerns List
As suggested by the National Poll on Children’s Health, the Internet safety issue including sexting, cyberbullying, online predators, and child abuse is becoming a much bigger problem than widely concerned smoking and teenage pregnancy.
Since many children start using online connected gadgets from their early ages, 51% of adults have to admit online safety to be a top childhood health concern. Commonly it’s identified as the 4th major problem on the parent list shifting child smoking to the 7th place. Note that just a year ago Internet safety was ranked the number 10 problem .
At the same time, sexting hits the 6th position this year comparing with the 13th place in 2014. 45% of adults cite sexting as a burning child issue of these days.
Violence at school is ranked number 8 proceeded by teen pregnancy and stress.
Meanwhile, for two consecutive years now child obesity, bullying, and drug abuse remain their top three positions on the concern list.
According to the poll director, Dr. Matthew Davis of the University of Michigan: “Children’s use of the Internet continues to grow, so it makes sense that growing use, without much evidence of greater safety, would lead to higher levels of public concern.”
The list of top 10 childhood health concerns in the poll spotlights and requires parents to hold communication open and teach kids online safety. In addition, it emphasizes the need of parental control and careful online monitoring.
“Parents must take on a greater ‘hands on’ approach to parenting, knowing what their child is texting, emailing, snap chatting, facebooking and blogging and with whom they are communicating in those fashions,” says Kathleen Davis, the director of pediatric palliative care and ethics at the University of Kansas Hospital.
Summarizing the above, it’s important to underline the importance of constant supervision, if parents decide to provide kids with online access. In addition, if you give you child a smartphone or tablet, installing mobile monitoring software like Pumpic is a must.
Remember that child protection is the top priority of each parent. The more you know about your kids’ activities both online and during daily living, the more chances are to avert dangers they may face. So please communicate with your children and keep your eyes open!