Parents Check Facebook Use Of Sons More Than Daughters

Parents worry about what their kids get up to online, but are they guilty of double standards? A study of 1600 parents by BitDefender suggests that parents are twice as likely to monitor the Facebook use of teenage boys than girls.

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Yes, there's an obvious potential explanation (and cheap gag) there: porn. Frankly, if the only issue you have with your teenager's internet use is downloading porn, you're getting off lightly (and Facebook is a lousy source of porn anyway) . BitDefender's own announcement suggests that teenage boys are more likely to engage in cyber-bullying, while teenage girls may naturally be more cautious. (This logic does not apply whenever One Direction enter the country.)

The question of how best to supervise your kids' online usage is a tricky one, and it doesn't get any easier as they grow older. What factors do you think might contribute to boys getting watched more than girls? Share your thoughts in the comments.


    "Facebook is a lousy source of porn anyway"

    With the increase in 12 and 13 year old girls using facebook, I would say facebook is filling up with plenty of pornographic-like material. ;)

      What... This is wrong on so many levels.

    Link to the survey?

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