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Parents let kids use their smartphones, despite security risks

A recent survey released by Avast indicates children 11 to 15 years old were the most mischievous when using their parents devices.

Published Fri, May 30 2014 7:16 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

A growing number of parents let their kids use their smartphones, though that can lead to significant security risks, especially among 11-15 year olds, according to a recent survey from Avast. In the survey, 32 percent of parents say their child accessed adult content using the mobile device, with 11 to 15 year olds the most likely to use a mobile device for rather naughty reasons.

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Overall, 19 percent of kids use their parents' devices to send messages in their parents' names, with the likelihood rising even higher for children 11 to 15 years old. Parents that allow their kids to use their smartphones should be proactive to track what websites kids are visiting, and lock apps that are able to make purchases.

Of parents that don't let their children use their smartphone, 38 percent already have their own device, 48 percent said their children are too young, and 22 percent said they don't trust their kids. Not surprisingly, the most mistrusted age group were children ranging in age from 11 to 15.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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