New survey sheds light on how parents, children view cyber interactions and safety issues

cyber-internetA large majority of parents in a recent national survey said their children should receive online safety or cyber security training in the next 2-5 years to keep their personal information secure.

Eighty-nine percent of surveyed parents said such training is important or very important. Children in the survey said they learn about online safety from their parents (79 percent), in school (59 percent), or from friends (33 percent).

The most popular social media risks discussed with children, as reported in the survey, are cyberbullying (80 percent), cyber criminals and identity theft (73 percent), online reputation (70 percent) and privacy settings (69 percent).

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