Survey Shows Parents Concerned About Online Privacy

A new survey has revealed that parents are concerned about the privacy and security services provided by social networking websites for children.

According to the survey, conducted by Zogby International, at least 90 per cent of parents are concerned about too much personal information shared being by their children on the internet.

The parents believe that web companies, including search engines and social networking websites, have not done enough to safeguard their children’s privacy.

The survey, which was an effort by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organisation, gathered 2,000 parents and 400 teenagers to talk on a common ground and discuss the potential harm done by these web platforms to children, reveals the USA Today.

“American families are deeply worried. Privacy is a huge concern. Obviously we're going to need updated online privacy laws which haven't been changed since 1998. We need to put heavy pressure on the industry," said James Steyer, the chief executive officer and founder of the organisation involved.

The result has shown that while parents want schools to shoulder the responsibility to make young children aware about the need to protect their privacy on web, social media industry leaders believe families should also take an active part in the process of awareness.