Parents have to protect their children on the Internet

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, gave an interesting interview to a German news page a few days ago. Although the interview was rather short, it contained some striking answers. In the past, the former CEO of Google was responsible for one or the other nice quote, as in late 2010, when it came to the visions of Google.

Now Eric Schmidt was asked if parents have to protect their children online. However, there is still one unanswered question as to whether parents are able to protect their children online.

Do parents have to protect their children?

“Of course! They have a great responsibility. Children are usually not aware of the fact that everything they post on the Internet will accompany them for a lifetime. What has been published cannot be deleted. And there will always be someone who has a copy. Therefore, I think parents should always know what their children do on the net. They should know their children’s passwords until they are 18.”

Of course, the parents’ duty of care for their children also applies for the Internet.  The question is whether children can be controlled and give out their passwords….

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Is it up to parents to protect children online?

That’s what Naomi Gummer says, a public policy analyst at Google. By her opinion, parents are to blame if children view pornography online and it’s up to them to protect their children online. She said it was a myth that laws can prevent children from viewing explicit material:

“The idea that laws can adequately protect young people is a myth. Technology is moving so fast that legislation is a blunt tool for addressing these challenges. But also the truth is that parents are complicit in their kids using underage social networking sites. It is about education, not using legislative leavers.”

Interesting fact: 25% of kids have seen sexual images, but only 14% saw them online.

What do you think? Should it be up to parents to stop their children watching porn? Is it possible to control everything from YouTube to Facebook to Pinterest? And how can Yasni help parents to protect their children?

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