Date
24 November 2017
Nearly one out of five parents said they have visited their kids’ social network page using the identity of someone else. Photo: Bloomberg
Nearly one out of five parents said they have visited their kids’ social network page using the identity of someone else. Photo: Bloomberg

HK parents and kids don’t trust each other on social media

Hong Kong parents and their kids don’t trust each other well enough on the social network, a survey shows.

Up to 38 percent of the children admitted they have set limitations to prevent parents from visiting their posts on social network platforms, according to the survey released by the Hong Kong Research Association on Wednesday. The ratio has risen 11 percentage points from a year earlier.

And up to 51 percent of the kids said they did not want their parents to “spy” on their activities on such sites.

But nearly one out of every five parents said they have visited their kids’ social network page using the identity of someone else, the survey said.

Meanwhile, 49 percent of the parents expressed “great concern” about online bullying, and 70 percent of them are worried about the safety of their kids’ personal data.

For the survey, the association interviewed 739 parents and 453 students who are above 10 years old randomly.

The survey showed that only 23 percent of the parents and kids believe social network websites have “positive” impact on their relationship.

“The survey shows that some parents want to monitor their kids on the social network platforms instead of communicating with them, and that could harm their relationship with the children,” research director Ng Wai-man said, adding that parents should leave some room for their kids to build their own social network.

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