Almost 80 Per Cent of Parents Blame the Internet for Forcing the 'Facts of Life' Conversation to Happen at an Earlier Age

  Almost 80 Per Cent of Parents Blame the Internet for Forcing the 'Facts of
                Life' Conversation to Happen at an Earlier Age

New research from AVG Technologies indicates technology is accelerating the
end of childhood innocence by making parents discuss awkward adult topics

PR Newswire


AMSTERDAM and SAN FRANCISCO, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Research released
today by AVG Technologies, (NYSE: AVG), the online security company™ for 187
million active users, has revealed that by the age of ten years old, most
children today will have already had their first 'facts of life' talk with
their parents. This is up to five years earlier than their parents'
generation, the majority of whom (50 per cent) could not remember having had
the conversation until the age of 15 – if at all (42 per cent).

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Covering adult themes such as porn – the surveyed parents' least comfortable
topic of discussion – sex and puberty, the Internet was clearly pointed to as
a driving force behind the advance in this conversation, as concerns over how
much time their children spent on devices (a worry for 42 per cent) and how
easy it is for them to access inappropriate content online (47 per cent) were

To help address such concerns, and tackle a similarly difficult discussion
topic – Internet safety – in an easy and comfortable manner, AVG has created a
series of interactive 'click-or-tell' digital books, called Magda and Mo.
Developed with global Internet safety charity, Childnet International, the
introductory book, 'The Pirate's Donut', is a fun story for young readers and
their parents to read together as they guide the title characters to decide
between going online themselves or asking a grown-up for help.

With AVG's research indicating confusion over how best to tackle the online
safety of their children, the Magda and Mo series features clear, simple
suggestions for parents of some of the most effective steps they can take. The
most popular methods parents said they were currently using included
forbidding their child from visiting unknown websites without asking
permission (53 per cent); talking to strangers or buying items online (51 per
cent each); and only allowing their child online for a set amount of time (44
per cent) – however, no single action alone was favored by the overwhelming

Despite more than eight out of ten (81 per cent) parents implementing one or
more restrictions, only a third (35 per cent) of the children asked alongside
their parents thought that the Internet could be dangerous. The majority of
parents also said that by the age of 12, they felt their child would know more
than them about the Internet and one in five (19 per cent) said that this had
or would have already happened by the age of nine.

"This illustrates the need to start the process of learning the dos and don'ts
of the Internet at a young age, and of parents and children undertaking it
together as a joint activity," said Judith Bitterli, Chief Marketing Officer,
AVG Technologies. "The importance of having this conversation properly and
early cannot be underestimated as connected device usage is increasing. The
Magda & Mo books are part of AVG's wider aim to support families by providing
useful tools that can help develop a child's understanding of how to make
right choices online, as well as giving parents some practical guidance on the

Note to Editors

Methodology: An online survey of 5,420 parents and 2,569 children aged 5-10
years old was undertaken in the Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic,
France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. The
survey was set up using Research Now and fieldwork took place in May 2014.

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