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72% of Gen Z Say They Can Circumvent Parental Monitoring

Young people are being exposed to more information than ever before, and that is prompting most parents to try to establish some boundaries and ground rules to keep their children safe from online predators or information that their minds are not yet ready for. In spite of the fact that this is the case, there is a bit of a generation gap that makes their earnest efforts less than effective, and most Gen Z kids are finding ways to work around the monitoring as well.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that a new report that was created by 1Password in collaboration with Malwarebytes has revealed that 72% of children say that they can find ways to bypass monitoring protocols put into place by their parents. 70% of them reported receiving some advice for their parents for password hygiene, but the advice is highly suspect with 30% saying they were told to use passwords that are easy to remember and 17% claiming that their parents told them to use the same password for multiple accounts.

Additionally, there seems to be a gulf between how well parents think their own online security is and what it actually looks like. 69% of parents stated that they felt like they were doing all they could to keep themselves secure online, but only 47% of Gen Zs agreed with them. That casts some doubt on the veracity of the claims of parents, since the younger generation would likely know more about cybersecurity than their parental figures.

There are other discrepancies to be noted here as well. Only 34% of parents felt like they should ask their children before posting their pictures online, but this is something that 73% of Gen Z respondents wanted with all things having been considered and taken into account. Parents must be more mindful of the security needs of their kids and treat them like actual people. Posting pictures of someone without their permission is a huge privacy violation, one that parents shouldn’t even think of making.


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