The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan conducts an annual poll to rank the top 10 U.S. Children's Health concerns. In 2007, parents rated Internet Safety as the 7th most concerning topic. So what happened in 2008? Internet Safety jumped up two spots to #5, overtaking Alcohol Abuse and Teen Pregnancy. Childhood Obesity leapfrogged Drug Abuse and Smoking to claim the top spot as the most concerning health issue faced by children today. The latest results are shown below. To read the full story, you can find the report here.
No doubt, the rising concerns over cyberbullying, the increasing number of porn sites, and the relative anonymity of people using the internet are causing parents more concern. These rankings just reinforce the notion that parental controls are a necessary tool to reassure parents while their children browse the internet. Let's face it; the internet is now ingrained in society and the usefulness as a learning tool are well-documented. It's just a matter of protecting the vehicles in which the children are using to access this data. Robust features are necessary as all parents have different standards over what constitutes an appropriate vs. inappropriate site.
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