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Study: 2/3 Of Parents Worries About Children’s Online Safety

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DETROIT (WWJ) - While the Internet is a popular and still-growing source of information, e-commerce, social networking and more, two-thirds of American parents say they are worried about their children’s safety using the Internet.

According to the FindLaw.com survey, 67 percent of parents say they are extremely worried, very worried or somewhat worried about their children’s safety online. However, not everyone worries: about 34 percent of parents surveyed say they are either not very worried or not worried at all.

Most parents are taking steps to restrict their children’s use of the Internet. Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of parents with Internet access at home have taken action to limit their children’s use of the Internet. Monitoring which websites their children visit, and using filtering or site-blocking software are the most common measures taken.

Stephanie Rahlfs, an attorney and editor with FindLaw.com, said their survey shows that the vast majority of parents are taking at least some steps to try to protect their children from what they feel are potentially dangerous or unwanted aspects of the Internet.

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