Nearly Half of Parents are Unaware if Cyberbullying is an Issue at Their Child’s School
08/31/2011

Awareness Technologies Releases New New WebWatcher Survey; Other Top Parental Concerns about Children’s Internet and Mobile Phone Usage Include Sexting and Online Predators

Online PR News – 31-August-2011 – – Los Angeles, CA – August 29, 2011 – While 89 percent of parents said they talk to their children about proper Internet safety, 40 percent do not know if cyberbullying is an issue at their child’s school, according to findings of Awareness Technologies’ new survey of parents using WebWatcher, the leading parental monitoring software.

“Parents do their best to stay involved in their children’s lives, but the reality is kids don’t always tell them about issues at school or with friends, making it critical for parents to be in the know about who their children are interacting with,” said Brad Miller, CEO of Awareness Technologies.

As expected, eighty percent of survey respondents noted that they’re most worried about their children participating in sexting and other unacceptable behaviors online and on mobile phones, but surprisingly, only 20 percent responded that cyberbullying is their biggest worry. Online predators were the second highest fear with 55 percent noting that as a top concern.

The survey also questioned participants about their children’s mobile phone usage, and found that seventy-six percent of respondents’ children have their own mobile phone. Among other key mobile findings:
• 40 percent of respondents’ children are using basic mobile phones; 20 percent are using Android devices, 18 percent have iPhones and 12 percent are using BlackBerry devices
• 46 percent of respondents believe the best time for a child to get his/her own phone is during Middle School (Grades 6-8) and 45 percent believe it’s best to wait until High School (Grades 9-12)
• The majority of respondents (49 percent) first purchased a mobile phone for their child when he/she was aged 13-18, followed by 32 percent who bought a cellphone for their child aged 7-12

When asked about how they use WebWatcher, 50 percent of respondents purchased WebWatcher to monitor their children’s online and smartphone activities. The majority (53 percent) of those monitoring children are recording activities by children aged 13-18 years old, followed by children aged 7-12 years, representing 31 percent, and 20 percent are monitoring children aged 2-6 years. Additionally, fifty-one percent of all respondents noted that they purchased WebWatcher to monitor someone other than a child.

The survey found that sixty-five percent noted that of all the features WebWatcher offers, they like WebWatcher’s remote monitoring capability that allows them to access the recorded data from any computer with an Internet connection – a feature that Awareness Technologies provides exclusively. Other desirable WebWatcher features among parents include email monitoring (55 percent) and IM and chat monitoring (47 percent).

Awareness Technologies survey was conducted in July and August 2011 with the objective of gaining a better perspective of the current WebWatcher customer base. Subsequently, the survey asked a series of questions relating to parental issues and concerns regarding their child’s Internet usage and mobile phone usage. 1,398 WebWatcher customers participated in the survey.

About Awareness Technologies
As the pioneer in remote monitoring, Awareness Technologies (www.webwatchernow.com) has set the standard for computer and cell phone monitoring software both from a feature set perspective and from an ease-of-use perspective. Its WebWatcher solution is the leading computer monitoring software and its keystroke logger outperforms all other keylogger monitoring software programs on the market. Awareness Technologies has over 250,000 users and was named on Deloitte’s 2010 Technology Fast 500 ranking.