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71% of Indians want to monitor their children’s online activity: NortonLifeLock

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Internet usage has increased dramatically as access to mobile devices has become easier. However, Indian children are most affected by increased internet penetration, according to a report by NortonLifeLock. According to the Harris Poll study of 1,004 adults in India, 73% of Indian adults surveyed believe that children are likely to disclose their family members’ personal information online.

“Our children are natural when it comes to technological advancements, adapting to the latest gadgets to internet applications. children,” said Ritesh Chopra, Field Sales and Marketing Manager, India & SAARC Country, NortonLifeLock. “This latest Norton India study tells us that three-quarters of Indian parents surveyed (78%), with children under the age of 18, discovered that their children had done something on their smart devices without their permission. The most important aspect of Internet safety for children is for parents to instill proper Internet guidelines and the potential dangers present on it from an early age.

The report reveals that Indian adults are highly aware of the importance of cyber security. More than 86% said it’s more important than ever for parents to talk to their kids about cybersecurity. The majority of Indian adults surveyed (68%) say it is essential or particularly important for parents to manage their children’s screen time usage.

Meanwhile, the report says the work from home culture has made a significant shift among family members, with 71% of Indian parents believing their relationship with their children has improved when working from home. Nearly 70% of respondents who are married or live with partners say their relationship with their spouse or partner has improved while working from home.

“More than half of Indian adults surveyed said their relationships with friends had improved (55%) and 51% said their relationships with colleagues had improved when working from home, notes the report. However, working from home posed challenges for the majority, with 93% of Indians experiencing technology-related issues, most commonly unreliable or slow internet connectivity (52%) and frequent communication issues (47%) .