David Burt, an expert on internet filtering and parental control software, writes on his GetParentalControls blog:
A new survey by BlogHer and Parenting Magazine recently recorded the views of 1,032 moms regarding their attitudes and practices regarding the use of technology by their children. The survey was fielded on two separate populations:
•568 digitally savvy moms aged 18-49 in the BlogHer Publishing Network
•464 moms aged 18+ on the Parenting Mom Connection panel
The survey found high levels of involvement from both samples, including a whopping 85 percent using “parental controls for TV, computers, web browsers.” According to the survey’s author, the digitally savvy moms were slightly less likely to use parental controls, but both used them at very high levels.
Click here for the full article on David's blog.
While the survey covers computers and web browsers, it doesn't dig deeper to ask similar questions about mobile and personal Internet devices like the iPod Touch, iPad or DSi for instance. From our experience, awareness about the Internet access anytime anywhere on these devices is pretty low among moms and parents. We do expect this to change as they become more aware of the time that kids spend on these devices and the content that they are exposed to.