Study: Internet to blame for parents giving kids 'the talk' at a younger age

Study: Internet to blame for parents giving kids 'the talk' at a younger age

Study: Internet to blame for parents giving kids 'the talk' at a younger age

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Posted on June 4, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Parents are having "the talk" with their children sooner than previous generations, according to research released by AVG Technologies, an online security company.

The study revealed that most children will have already had the "facts of life" conversation with their parents by 10 years old. Half of parents surveyed said they didn't remember having the conversation with their parents until they were at least 15 -- if they had the talk at all.

Parents surveyed say the internet may be the cause. Eighty percent of parents say they have "the talk" earlier with their kids because they would find out about adult topics online regardless.

The study showed that 42 percent of parents worry about how much time their children spend on their devices, and 47 percent of people worry about how easy it is for children to access inappropriate content.

AVG's study revealed that parents use several methods to keep their kids safe online. The most popular methods include forbidding their children from accessing unknown websites without permission, not allowing them to purchase items or talk to strangers online and only allowing their child online for a set amount of time.

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