A heads up for mums and dads about dangerous social media habits with young Aussies and what to keep an eye on when buying kids tablets, mobiles and other devices.
Teens now spending 2.7 hours a day on social media, with 90 per cent of boys and 60 per cent of girls under 16 years of age having visited porn sites, something the Australian Medical Association says impacts sexual and mental health.
The latest stats from online parental control experts Family Zone, show 45 per cent of pre-teens are using unsafe social media, while teens are online for close to 20 hours a week.
“The majority of mobile devices are being purchased for children for school and after school use are being purchased without cyber safety controls, opening the way for unfiltered material, bullying and undesirable people to gain uncontrolled access to the devices and ultimately children," says cyber and social media safety expert, David Kobler.
Kobler says mums and dads struggle to control or limit device usage with kids because they don't know how to go about it.
But online harassment is not only a concern for parents, with stats showing 70 per cent of girls aged between 15 and 19 years believe online harassment and bullying is endemic.
“The majority of parental control products are confusing, expensive and too easy for kids to avoid, creating a complex problem for families and schools attempting to manage young people’s online behaviour”, Kobler added.