McAfee research indicates large increase in the number of Indian children using 'inappropriate' websites

McAfee research indicates a massive increase in the number of Indian children logging on to "inappropriate" websites

The number of children in India logging on to 'inappropriate' websites has surpassed the number in 13 countries, which includes the likes of US and UK, as reported by McAfee.

According the survey conducted, more than half the Indian parents claimed to have discovered that their child visited an inappropriate website. This was highest when compared to 13 other countries, including Australia (26%), Brazil (45%), France (41%), the US (37%) and the UK (23%). However, 50 per cent parents said they had argued with their child on the issue of bringing these gadgets to bed.

The report states that the problem lies in the fact that just 36% Indian parents use software to monitor their children. Easy access to internet and smartphones have added to the problem.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram et al were told to do more to protect children’s digital rights and the industry called on further such initiatives to safeguard the interest of children.

McAfee managing director for South Asia, Anand Ramamoorthy, believes that it is parents responsibility to keep a tab on the way their families interact with connected devices. He said: "In today's connected world, parents play a crucial role to decide on the usage of technology and how it can influence their kids' lives."

The research which evaluated 13,000 adults across countries, found 84 per cent Indian parents allowed their child to bring an Internet-connected device to bed.

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