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40% of Belgians kids go to Google before parents for a general question - study

Thursday 14 September 2017 | 11:14 CET | News
Four out of 10 Belgian children go first to the internet if they have a question, before going to either of their parents, according to a study by iVOX for Telenet, conducted among 1000 families. Although parents want to know what their kids are up to online, almost half (46%) do not go about this directly, but secretly (and regularly) check their child’s browser history. 

Almost 6 out of 10 Flemish parents (59%) say they encourage their kids to explore the online world. However, only 2 out of 5 children says their parents actually do this. 

More than half (52%) of Flemish parents worry about screen time. Some adjust their own tablet or smartphone screen time to give a good example (38%) while 12 percent say they go online in secret, in order not to start a discussion with their children.

Most (68%) parents also try to be in the same space as much as possible when their child is online. But again, checking up on kids also happens under cover: 40 percent of parents secretly read the emails and messages of their child, and again, nearly half (46%) regularly check their kid’s browser history.



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