February 14, 2008 By News Report
The Experts Chime In
"Parents are in the dark when it comes to knowing what their kids are doing online," said Marian Merritt, Internet Safety Advocate for Symantec. "They don't have a clue how much time their kids are spending online. They don't know where their kids are going when they are online. And, they certainly don't know who their kids are talking to online. This report clearly demonstrates a global digital divide between parents and their cyber-savvy children. We've always taught our children not to talk to strangers in the offline world, and now we must teach our children how to safely exist in an online world filled with strangers."
"Two-way communications technologies -- things like VoIP, chat and instant message -- were seamlessly integrated into online games, virtual worlds, e-commerce sites and more. The integration happened so rapidly that we never stopped to think that we were really connecting with strangers... albeit in an online world," said Dave Cole, Senior Product Manager for Norton by Symantec. "It's only natural that the relationships that were born online would eventually migrate to the offline world. What surprised us was how fast this migration has occurred and how deeply it has infiltrated nearly every activity, from online dating and networking to online baking and information seeking."
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