76% of parents are concerned about their children’s safety when online. Survey revealed that parents are concerned for several reasons.
In a perfect world, we would never have to worry about children and their safety, but this is not a perfect world. Especially in the year 2020, it seems like every decision a parent makes comes with a huge list of cons, making it impossible to be sure that you are ever doing the right thing. While schools have opened for in-person learning, a lot of parents decided to keep their children home and have them learn online. This seemed like the perfect solution to keep them safe from the virus, but there was something not a lot of parents had considered.
According to People, a survey was done that has shown that parents are incredibly concerned about their children’s safety, even though they are home learning from behind their computer.
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The survey that was done asked 2,000 parents of school-aged children across the U.S and it asked them about some of the “learning curves and worries” that are coming with virtual learning. The results came in that an overwhelming 76% of parents are worried about their child’s safety while distance learning. They are worried that all of this time spent online is going to increase the risk of cyber bullying on their child.
67% of parents also were worried that their children would be able to access inappropriate content while they spent so much time on the internet for school. These are problems that a lot of parents are encountering in an effort to protect their child from COVID-19. Parents are also worried that their children will meet a stranger online while doing their schoolwork.
Parents also opened up about the pressure they are feeling since their child is learning from home. The survey found that 8 in 10 parents felt that a lot of weight was on their shoulders to make sure that their children thrived while doing learning online. There has never been a perfect solution for anything when it comes to COVID-19, and it seems that parents are struggling with their decisions they’ve made. They are worried that by keeping their children home and having them work online may be making them an easier target for bullying and predators.
The reason this is a worry is because parents are also trying to work from home at the same time, so they don’t have the time to sit there and make sure their child is not accessing information that they shouldn’t be. In fact, 6 out of 10 parents said that they do not have the time in the day to monitor what their child is going every single second they are online.
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