Newly released findings from a survey show that a majority of parents have not talked to their children about protecting their privacy when using a mobile phone (56%), or talked to their children about security measures for their phones (63%).
The survey also found that while the majority of parents (71%) are aware of parental controls that can help protect their kids by monitoring usage, establishing time limits and blocking websites, apps, GPS location, and access to personal data, 60% have never used them. Of those surveyed, moms were more comfortable and more likely to have actually used parental controls.
NQ Mobile Inc., (NYSE: NQ), a leading provider of consumer-centric mobile security and productivity applications, and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on cybersecurity awareness and education for all digital citizens, today (March 1) released findings from a recent consumer survey that shed light on how parents think and act in order to protect the mobile privacy and security of their children.[ Also Read: Mobile Needs of Women Living on $2 per Day ]
Parents whose kids own smartphones tend to be less aware of security threats and mobile security solutions that combat those threats than parents whose kids don’t own smartphones. This surprising result may suggest that parents who are highly aware of mobile threats are so concerned they decide not to give their children phones at all.
Overall, parents who are more aware of and concerned about security threats and privacy issues are more willing to talk to their children about them.
Meanwhile, NQ Mobile recently released the latest version of its antivirus software, Mobile Security V6.0 for Android. It includes features designed to help parents protect their children’s mobile lives, says the company.
Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, the mission of the NCSA is to empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely protecting themselves and the technology they use and the digital assets we all share.
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