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55% parents Likely to endanger their kid’s safety online: Survey

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More than half of the parents admit to being under confident in knowing how to keep themselves safe online, while 61 percent state that they have adequately educated their children in this important aspect, according to an OLX study. The dichotomy points to having high awareness about the need to be safe online but exhibits a lack of know-how and the tools required to do so. Further, it suggests that parents are unsure about practices to adopt to be safe online and hence are not able to direct their children either, but mistakenly feel their children are adequately educated.

The new research conducted by OLX India on the occasion of Global Day of Parents was commissioned to understand digital literacy habits, parent-child shopping behaviour and other aspects related to parenting. The research also unearths other interesting dynamics around the quality of time spent together as a family and the attitude to old product of their children that are no longer in use. The study was conducted with 4000 parents across Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.

This new study confirms OLX’s Internet Behaviour Survey released earlier in the year on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (5th February). The survey in February revealed that a majority of Internet users neglect cybersecurity best practices in their own personal lives, and do not monitor the content their kids view online. 57 percent respondents showed negligence towards their own safety – both online and offline, while 60 percent admitted to not monitoring the content their kids viewed online.

The survey reveals that pester power has now moved to influencing online shopping decisions as well. 52 percent parents report that they have to deal with this behavior continuously. Also, younger parents (25-35) report higher levels of pestering for online shopping than older parents.

“Parents are usually the primary sources of information for kids, especially in their younger years. The way parents conduct themselves online, largely impacts the next generation of internet users most of whom are youngsters. With ever-evolving cyber threats, digital literacy is a must-have skill that parents must acquire and inculcate in their kids. The study clearly indicates the perceived gap that exists in the know how to be safe online, not awareness. Digital literacy is the need of the hour and at OLX it is our constant endeavour to advocate the cause of online safety and keep our kids safe online,” said Akanksha Dhamija, Director, Customer Centricity, OLX India.

While pester power is driving online shopping decisions, parents however do conduct their due diligence prior to their buys online. 36 percent of parents said that they prefer pre-researching prior to buying, while 29 percent admitted to shopping impulsively without any research.

Interestingly, despite the pester power, it seems that more parents are able to be judicious in spending. 69 percent say that they are able to exercise caution, preferring to save for their children versus getting carried away. 31percent parents acknowledged overspending.

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